Nashville neighborhood’s helpful tips leads to thief’s capture

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Kacie Quesenberry was terrified. 

“I was physically shaking,” Quesenberry said. “My hands were shaking.” 

On Wednesday morning, she says she pulled into her driveway and noticed that her gate was open. 

She checked her surveillance video and saw a man with no shirt on in the backyard of her home in Berry Hill. 

“He kicked in the back door,” she said. “It was deadbolted.” 

Later in the video, the man leaves with a bag filled with $8,000 worth of camera gear. 

“Two professional cameras with lenses,” she said. 

Quesenberry called police then posted the video on her neighborhood’s Facebook page, 16th District Nashville. 

“That’s when things really took off,” she said. 

Tips started pouring in. 

“There were several people who identified him by name, who identified him via pictures, who looked up the year, make and model of his car,” Quesenberry said. 

Several neighbors called police. 

Within five hours, police caught the suspect, 31-year-old Bobby Joe Rippy at Music City Pawn Shop on Nolensville Pike. 

“You just never know what piece of the puzzle that might fit into to help somebody,” she said. 

Quesenberry, a professional photographer, got her gear back. 

She says the loss would have crippled her business. 

“That’s how I make my living,” she said. 

“That would have been detrimental.” 

Police say neighbors turning in video and pictures was key in catching the suspect. 

“The community rallied together to help find this guy,” Quesenberry said. 

Rippy is being held in Dickson County for an outstanding warrant, according to Metro Police. 

He’ll be brought back to Nashville where he’ll be charged with theft of property, aggravated burglary, and vandalism, according to police. 

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