Theft victim works with Lebanon police to catch suspects

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LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – A theft victim worked with Lebanon police to catch two suspects accused of stealing his compound bow.

The man reported to police that the bow, valued at $1,000, was stolen from his vehicle on Oct. 25.

He also began to call local pawn shops and was told by one shop employee that a man had attempted to sell a similar bow to the shop.

The employee provided the name and number of the suspect to the victim, who called the suspect and pretended to be interested in purchasing the bow.

The victim called Lebanon police and officers arranged a meeting with the suspect under the guise of purchasing the bow.

Undercover officers met up with 20-year-old Darrius Johnson and 19-year-old Eduardo Alvarez.

During the meeting, the officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officers identified themselves and placed the suspects under arrest.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of marijuana, a bag of loose pills, and a 22 caliber handgun.

The suspects gave officers their consent to search the covered bed of the truck and the victim’s compound bow, along with other items, were found.

Both suspects were charged with two counts of drug possession and possession of a handgun under the age of 21.

Charges from the vehicle burglary of the compound bow and items from other victims that were found in their possession are pending at this time.

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