Two Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies followed their instincts during traffic stops that led to three suspects charged with burglarizing two businesses during the past four days.
Deputy George Barrett interrupted a store burglary late Saturday on U.S. Highway 41 South (Manchester Highway) and Sgt. Chris Owens stopped a suspect from a burglary that just occurred Tuesday on state Route 96 West (Franklin Road).
While patrolling late Saturday, Deputy Barrett checked on Jeff Wayne Hayley who was parked about 11:30 p.m. on Manchester Highway. Hayley said his Chevrolet pickup truck overheated. But his actions led the deputy to believe another suspect was nearby.
Other deputies responded to search the area while Deputy Barrett and Sgt. Trey Nunley checked the nearby Kountry Korner Market and found someone cut a hole in the door.
K-9 Deputy Josh Gregory asked the suspect inside the store to come out before he released his K-9 partner Balu into the building. Balu indicated someone was inside. Deputies heard Franklin Delano Neal screaming and entered the store where Deputy Gregory called off the K-9.
Deputy Barrett charged Neal, 31, of Nora Peebles Lane with burglary and resisting arrest. Hayley, 23, of Birdsong Avenue in Murfreesboro was charged with burglary.
They were booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where Hayley was released on $6,500 bond and Neal was held on $8,000 bond. A hearing is set March 8 in General Sessions Court.
In the second case, Sgt. Owens was responding to a burglary alarm call about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Hooligan's Upholstery on Franklin Road when he saw a car with the bright lights on traveling on Veterans Parkway. When he stopped the car, he smelled the odor of potpourri to cover up another odor.
A 17-year-old driver told Sgt. Owens he may have smoked marijuana earlier in the day. During his investigation, Sgt. Owens searched the vehicle and found marijuana, Valium and drug paraphernalia.
Deputy Matt Kunce, who responded to the burglary, notified Sgt. Owens videotape recovered at Hooligan's showed the vehicle stopped matched the vehicle parked at the business. When Sgt. Owens told the driver about the burglary, the driver gave a statement leading to his arrest for burglary.
The juvenile was armed with a handgun. He was also charged with possession of a weapon during a felony, possession of a weapon by a juvenile and drug charges.
He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center where a hearing was set Wednesday.