Lebanon police need help identifying three young men who went on a major crime spree in the city.
The teens were armed, stole a car, broke into multiple cars, and then ran from officers.
It started on July 19, with a 911 call from a citizen who sees car lights behind the Church of God worship center on Hartsville Pike.
“There’s a vehicle in the field back behind my house. They’re getting in and out of it. They are right next to the storage shed,” the caller told dispatchers.
Lebanon police responded, forcing four young men to scramble across the field into the adjoining neighborhood.
That’s where surveillance cameras picked up a shirtless man running down the street, looking over his shoulder.
The man ran behind a house, then along the back of the fence line. That’s where video showed him joined by his two friends, one carrying a backpack.
Police said while running, the men dropped stolen credit cards. Authorities said they confiscated what they believed to be 19 Ecstasy pills and a paramedics backpack.
Inside the backpack, police found two 9-millimeter handguns, presumably stolen from someone’s car.
“We are seeing a lot of the same problems the bigger cities are seeing like Nashville, they don’t understand the consequences to carrying a gun. One of our biggest fears, if someone catches them breaking into a car and these kids are armed and then it could be a violent confrontation,” said Lt. Scott Massey of the Lebanon Police Department.
Police captured the fourth suspect, a 17-year-old wanted for burglary theft out of Cookeville.
He told police the group stole out of Nashville and were preparing to rob a drug dealer using $700 in counterfeit money and the two handguns.
“They were going to rob a drug dealer and take his drugs and that is why they had the guns with them,” said Lt. Massey.
Police said the kids stole credit cards, guns, and cash out of the unlocked cars.
Just another reason to lock your car.
If you have any information about the people involved, you are urged to contact Lebanon police.