Metro Police say two teens they arrested Friday admitted to committing seven burglaries in the Salemtown area near downtown. The juveniles, ages 14 and 17, were captured by officers investigating a break-in in the 1700 block of 5th Avenue North. Police say the teens admitted breaking into seven Salemtown homes during the past three weeks while working with Timmy Bufford, a convicted felon, who would give them marijuana in exchange for the stolen items. Bufford, 40, allegedly would advise the teens of which homes to burglarize while he would wait for them in his vehicle, a Ford Expedition. Bufford would then sell the stolen items from his home in the 1700 block of 6th Avenue North, police said.
A West Nashville friend tipped me off about this. We've heard nothing from Metro Police or the neighborhood association on this development. The neighborhood elist did report the following in late December:
A neighbor in the 1800 block of 7th Avenue North experienced a break-in attempt on Christmas Eve. The perpetrators first tried a crowbar and then attempted to enter through a window, setting off the alarm and causing the would-be burglars to flee. The attempted burglary was reported to MNPD.
It is not immediately clear whether this attempted break-in was related to the other burglaries. I'll update as I learn more.
UPDATE: According to police reports, another suspect was apprehended for burglary near Salemtown:
In a separate case, acting on a tip Wednesday officers located Steven Howard, 41, who was wanted on an outstanding burglary warrant for breaking into a Cheatham Place home last July. A latent finger print from a window sill matched Howard, a convicted burglar, who also has previous convictions for drug possession and theft. Howard, of Tennessee Avenue, is charged with burglary. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.