An investigation of multiple vehicles stolen in the City of Lafayette lead to five people being arrested for theft of property and burglary by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.
A vehicle that had been reported stolen on August 22, 2016 from 1660 Pleasant Valley Road was discovered by Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department. Some property that had been reported stolen from the home was also found inside the vehicle.
Local authorities discovered that all the suspects had been staying together at a motel in Gallatin, where more of the stolen items from the above residence were found.
Detective Shane Gregory stated, “Upon further investigation it was discovered that a house at 6167 Union Camp Road, had been invaded on the same day. The resident of the home was at home and allowed a male and female subject inside. They grabbed cash money that was laying on the counter and her identification. After taking the items, the suspects got into a black pickup truck and headed back toward Lafayette, at which time the resident called 911 to report the robbery. All available units were on the lookout for the vehicle. THP Trooper Danny Fisher made contact with the vehicle, along with two deputies of the MCSO, which lead to a short pursuit. The truck proceeded through a soybean field on Kirbytown Road, and when the vehicle reached a tree line and could go no further, three subjects, two males and one female, got out of the truck and took off on foot.
One male was apprehended by K-9 Gordy with his handler Tim Freeman of the MCSO. The other male subject was captured a short time later by Trooper Danny Fisher. The female was apprehended about two hours later by Deputy William Tuck.
Benjamin Bolte, Valla Mayhew, and Timothy Harris were charged with the home invasion on Union Camp Road and later charged, along with two more individuals, Kasey Turner and Ashley Fields, with the break in on Pleasant Valley Road.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Lafayette Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this case.
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.