Cookeville police said today that an investigation, which began in Overton County this week, may help them solve several dozen burglary cases reported in the area over the past several months. The police department issued the following press release today:
On Tuesday evening September 8th, Detective Chase Mathis was notified by Livingston Police Department that they had in their custody a suspect that had possibly been involved in several Cookeville residential burglaries. Det. Mathis and Putnam County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Hoover traveled to Livingston and quickly learned the investigation, which began in Jackson and Overton counties, would be continued in Cookeville and Putnam County. As a result of information obtained, two locations in Overton County and one in Putnam County were searched. A significant amount of stolen property, including laptop computers, flat screen televisions, I-pods, and guitars, was recovered. It is expected that as many as sixty to seventy residential and vehicle burglaries currently being investigated by the Cookeville Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department may be solved during this investigation. Detectives estimate $45,000 worth of property stolen from Cookeville/Putnam County residents has been recovered. Detectives are currently trying to determine the lawful owners of all of the property and return it to them. The property owners who had recorded the serial numbers of their items before they were stolen and password protected their computers obviously made that determination easier for detectives to accomplish. This investigation is a joint investigation between the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Livingston Police Department, Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cookeville Police Department. One suspect has been arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and one by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. This is an on-going investigation and several other arrests are expected to be made as a result.
Anyone who might have information is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 520-STOP (520-7867).