Donelson neighborhood on edge after wave of break-ins

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When crime hits you at home it takes away your safety and feeling of security. A wave of break-ins this week in Donelson created that sense of anxiety. 

A neighborhood maintains its tranquility until there’s something out of the ordinary.   

“He swung out through the backyard, out of range of the back cameras,” said Donelson resident, Allen Mooney, who caught suspicious activity on his home surveillance.  

Mooney said the man never knocked on his door Monday and looked away from security cameras.  

Around the same time, police reported several home break-ins near Mooney’s community.   

“The fact that we had three burglaries reported in four hours within a mile and a half of this location tells me it had to be connected,” Mooney told News 2.   

Police took reports on four home burglaries near Bluefield Avenue, Wanda Drive and Adair Road.  

A 27-year-old woman, Kara Lynch, has since been arrested for criminal trespassing.  Officers also said she was taken-in for attempted burglary, weapon and drug possession.   

Mooney, himself, is the past victim of a burglary. He now says he and other homeowners depend on each other to avoid being targets.   

“I get a lot of info from my neighbors,” he said. “They keep an eye on me, I keep an eye on them. If something happens they can call me, I can call them.”  

Even a quiet, friendly street may see crime if people let their guards down. When possible, Metro police recommend surveillance cameras or something as simple and old-fashioned as talking about it.    

“It is comforting knowing the neighbors have your back, and if you have a security system in place, that helps,” said Mooney.   

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