Convicted Thief & Burglar Caught Walking Around with Stolen AR-15 Rifle

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It was quite the scare for tourist and residents in downtown Nashville this past Thursday night.

Convicted thief and burglar Michael Ray Jenkins' latest exploits caught the attention of several concerned citizens late Thursday night who quickly dialed 911.

Calls started coming into the Emergency Communications Center around 10:30 p.m. concerning a man with long hair wearing a tan hat walking on Broadway with a military style rifle and magazines of ammunition. Midtown Hills Precinct officers canvassed the area and were flagged down by folks who relayed the gunman's direction of travel. Police ultimately found Jenkins, 63, with the AR-15 rifle in an alley behind 1641 Patterson Street.

The investigation showed that Jenkins, who has a history of burglarizing cars, broke into a vehicle parked at the DawgHouse Saloon on Demonbreun Street, found the AR-15 and ammunition magazines, stole them and started walking. Jenkins was also found to be carrying a bent screwdriver and other items from the vehicle.

Jenkins is charged with auto burglary, possession of a burglary tool, and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon. He is jailed in lieu of $24,000 bond.

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