Serial burglar says drug habit led him to steal - WKRN News 2

Serial burglar says drug habit led him to steal

Posted: Updated: April 20, 2011 02:20 PM CDT
Jerry Phifer, 32, has admitted to burglarizing 47 homes in south Nashville in recent months. Jerry Phifer, 32, has admitted to burglarizing 47 homes in south Nashville in recent months.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A convicted felon has admitted to burglarizing 47 homes in south Nashville in recent months and the number is likely to grow, Metro police said Wednesday.

Since his arrest last Friday, Jerry Brandon Phifer, 32, has ridden through south Nashville neighborhoods with detectives, identifying the homes he burglarized.

He told detectives it was a $500 a day drug habit that led him to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from homes and apartments, including electronics, jewelry and coin collections, among other items of value.

The major break in the case came last week when a woman in the Barnes Cove area saw a suspicious beige Cadillac in her neighborhood, took a picture of the car and forwarded it to police.

The next day, a resident on Hamblen Drive provided additional information about the suspicious Cadillac, and yet another resident on Thorncrest Drive saw the car and took down the license plate number.

"Jerry Phifer is off the streets of our community thanks to the active support of citizens who cared enough about their neighborhoods to report suspicious activity," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said in a release sent to Nashville's News 2.

Hundreds of stolen items that Phifer had not yet had the opportunity to sell and convert into cash were recovered from his Cedarview Drive home, police said.

For the time being, Phifer was booked into the Metro jail and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond on one count of aggravated robbery and four counts of aggravated burglary.

Additional charges will be sought when his case is presented to a grand jury, police said.

According to police, Phifer was previously convicted of aggravated assault in 2009, aggravated assault in 1998, 1999 and 2002, as well as facilitation of aggravated assault in 1995.

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