Martin man facing charges for burglaries

Martin man facing charges for burglaries
A Martin man was arrested following a Tuesday traffic stop in which authorities recovered several items reported stolen in recent burglaries in Weakley County.
Christopher Lane, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday after a traffic stop on Highway 45, north of Martin, according to the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s investigator Randall McGowan said Lane’s arrest allegedly has solved three aggravated burglaries and a case involving the theft of a pickup truck and a Polaris Ranger. Some items were recovered from the vehicle during the traffic stop and those items have been identified by the victims, which allowed investigators to charge Lane with each crime.
The recent burglaries and theft, all of which occurred in the Martin area, include a Nov. 9 aggravated burglary at Josh Mullins’ residence on Parker’s Levee Road, where guns and electronic items were taken; a Friday aggravated burglary at Patricia Cochran’s residence on Sharon Highway 89, where clothes, cash, jewelry and electronic items were taken; a Saturday aggravated burglary at Shirley Mason’s residence on Hyndsver Road, where cash and jewelry were taken; and Sunday’s theft of a 1995 Nissan pickup truck, a six- by 12-foot flatbed trailer and a 2006 Polaris Ranger from Matt Vincent on Kirkland Road.
The total value of the truck, trailer and Polaris Ranger was near $10,000, the sheriff’s department reported.
McGowan said investigators recovered the truck, trailer and Polaris Ranger, but most of the jewelry, all of the guns, televisions, video games, cameras and several thousand dollars in cash remain missing.
The cases remain under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to call the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department at (731) 364-5454. Investigators Eric Smith and Candice Winstead have been assigned the cases.
Under Tennessee law, an aggravated burglary is defined as the entry of a building used as a habitation with intent to commit a felony, theft or assault, according to the sheriff’s department.
Published in The Messenger 11.17.11

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