Calls from citizens have resulted in the apprehension of three home burglary suspects in two separate cases, Metro police said Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, a resident of Bell Park Condominiums on Bell Road reported a man attempting to break into the residence of a neighbor. South Precinct Officer Ken Alexandrow arrived on the scene quickly, spotted Eric Todd Whitaker allegedly trying to gain entry, and wound up in a foot chase. Whitaker ran into Brentridge Apartments where officers joined in the chase and took him into custody.
During questioning, Whitaker, 24, of Clarksville, admitted to the attempted break-in, police said. Whitaker is charged with attempted aggravated burglary, possession of burglary tools and evading arrest. He is under investigation in relation to other south Nashville burglaries.
On Wednesday afternoon, a resident of Morgan Road in Joelton returned home to see an unfamiliar Chevrolet Impala parked in his driveway and with two men inside. The Impala rammed the resident’s vehicle and fled. The citizen immediately reported the car’s description and a partial license plate number. A short time later, North Precinct Officer Kirby Pearce saw the Impala exit Interstate 24 onto Briley Parkway. Pearce and North Flex officers stopped the car and noticed the victim’s television in the back seat.
Thomas Nicholson, 38, and his nephew, Tony Nicholson, 25, both of Madison, admitted to the burglary and are under investigation for potential other crimes.
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of citizens being our eyes and ears as we work together to interdict crime, particularly home burglaries,” Chief Steve Anderson said in a release. “Timely information from the community, as we see in these two cases, makes a real difference.”