MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Persistent old-fashioned police work by Murfreesboro Police Department officers, detectives, and crime data analysts led to the arrest of the man known to law enforcement as the ‘Rock Burglar.’
28-Year-old Jalen Ellison was taken into custody after an attempted break-in at Koji Express Japanese Grill at 1010 Memorial Blvd., on Friday morning, June 17, 2022. He currently faces two counts of burglary to a business. Additional charges are possible.
The preliminary investigation shows an officer patrolling the area noticed a broken glass on the ground next to the drive-thru around 5 a.m. A rock had been thrown through one pane of a double-pane glass door. The burglar did not enter the restaurant.
Another officer saw Ellison getting into a car Maple Street behind the business and conducted a probable cause traffic stop. He was arrested and taken to police headquarters and interviewed.
Ellison may be responsible for at least 41 business break-ins since Nov. 23. in Murfreesboro. One of the latest break-ins occurred at Andy Frozen Custard on Franklin Road on Thursday, June 16. at 4 a.m. Evidence related to that break-in was found in his car.
Ellison has been booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Scroll down to see a past video of the alleged 'Rock Burglar' in Murfeesboro, as released by the MPD.
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