Metro police seek suspect in patrol car break-ins - WKRN News 2

Metro police seek suspect in patrol car break-ins

Posted: Updated: July 25, 2013 07:27 PM
Edward Luna remains at large. Edward Luna remains at large.
Austin Dodd remains at large. Austin Dodd remains at large.
Kevin Tidwell was arrested July 24. Kevin Tidwell was arrested July 24.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Detectives are searching for a man suspected of breaking into several cars, one of them a marked Metro police vehicle. 


Edward Luna is also wanted for questioning in connection with a series of law enforcement car burglaries in the Nashville area since Monday. 


Between Monday and Wednesday, five Metro police vehicles, one Davidson County Sheriff's Office car, one Metro Parks police car and one Greenbrier police car were burglarized while parked in various Davidson County neighborhoods. 


According to police officials, the burglars targeted both marked and unmarked undercover cars for various police equipment and weapons. 


So far, Metro police said cars were broken into in the Hermitage, west and south precincts. The majority of the break-ins happened overnight Sunday. 


Police said Luna has been linked by forensic evidence to Monday's burglary of a marked car parked outside a sergeant's west Nashville home. 


Investigators said the patrol unit's computer was damaged and a shotgun was stolen from the trunk. Luna is also suspected of burglarizing a private citizen's automobile near the police car on the same night. 


A third motor vehicle burglary warrant accuses Luna of breaking into and stealing from a private citizen's car at Percy Warner Park on June 13. 


Luna is thought to have been with Kevin Tidwell, 19, and Austin Dodd, 17. Dodd is wanted for escaping from state authorities in April.

Tidwell is a convicted auto burglar who received a two-year probated sentence last year.

 He was arrested late Wednesday night on charges of driving on a suspended license.



Sgt. Robert Weaver with the Fraternal Order of Police told Nashville's News 2 the suspect's efforts were bold and they hope to retrieve all the missing items soon.



"Coming after police cars is just not something you
 see a lot of, and for somebody to come after items in the police cars at
 residences, that's a bold move that you just don't often see in car 
burglaries," said Sgt. Weaver.



He continued, "When weapons are taken at any point, we're concerned because those are 
weapons that are potentially going to be out there on the street, in the 
hands of bad guys. We want to get those recovered, be it police weapons 
or citizen weapons."



Sgt. Weaver said there are benefits to take-home police cars. They provide 
increased police presence in the community.

"It does seem someone took advantage of that," he said.

Sgt. Weaver also explained that officers are told to store their weapons in the trunk
 because it is a secure location, and typically there are extra security
 measures around the weapons along with locks on the vehicles.

Anyone with information regarding Luna or Dodd is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

An electronic tip can also be sent by texting the word "CASH" along with a message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Those who contact Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

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