Patrick Vandiver, 27, is suspected in thefts in at least five Middle Tennessee counties.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -
Lawmen in Maury County have so much stolen jewelry, coins and keepsakes they don't know who it all belongs to.
Detectives say victims are from at least five Middle Tennessee counties including Giles, Maury, Lewis, Marshal and Williamson, and some victims might not even know that their valuables are missing yet.
While authorities don't know who the merchandise belongs to, they are positive that one man is at the center of it all.
His name is Patrick Vandiver. He is 27 years old and from Pulaski.
Detectives showed Nashville's News 2 Investigates piles of gold chains, expensive rings and rare coins.
Some of the stolen jewelry looks like any other stolen jewelry and identifying victims might be difficult but some of the items are unique, like a 1964 class ring from an all-girls school in Gainsville, Georgia. The ring has the initials WLS on the inside.
There are also black and white tintype photographs perhaps belonging to the J.H. Harmon family of Linville.
Detectives searched Vandiver's home and found stolen property and burglary tools.
Authorities say he was developed as a suspect after his name showed up on receipts of area gold buying stores.
One receipt indicates the store paid Vandiver $600 for a 1972 University of Tennessee class ring that sadly has already been melted down.
"What we are asking people to do is check in their jewelry boxes," Lt. Andy Jackson of the Maury County Sheriff's Department said.
Vandiver is currently in the Lewis County jail on one count of burglary, but detectives across Middle Tennessee say they believe once victims start coming forward, the number of charges on Vandiver will rise.