(MURFREESBORO) Shortly before 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, Murfreesboro police arrested a man and woman during a traffic stop on Maymont Drive at East Clark Boulevard. This was in connection with a string of burglaries at area businesses over the past three-months.
Officers stopped the vehicle, because it matched the description of one at the scene of several of the burglaries.
The male was alone in the vehicle, as the situation unfolded in a unique way. 25-year-old Jalen Ellison was taken into custody by uniformed officers at the traffic stop.
While police were conducting the traffic stop, 20-year-old Kayla Lyons arrived riding a bicycle. Lyons matched the description of a female captured on video at several of the burglaries. She was also taken into custody.
CID Detective Tommy Massey said, "I want to personally thank Midnight Patrol, Directed Patrol and CID Property detectives for their hard work and willingness to work additional hours in getting these two individuals into custody. Being able to get them off the streets is a testament to the hard work done by our officers and detectives."
Ellison and Lyons have been linked to 19 commercial burglaries dating from August 27 to November 18, 2019.
They were each charged with:
- Six-counts of Burglary
- Three-counts of Theft under $1,000
- Six-counts of Vandalism under $1,000
Jalen Ellison could face 13 additional burglary charges and Lyons could face nine more burglary charges. The cases will be presented to a Rutherford County Grand Jury.
There were also two outstanding warrants for Ellison for Assault on an Officer and refusing to Stop, Halt and Frisk. Lyons had an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear.
Kayla Lyons was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. Her bond was set at 32,000. Jalen Ellison was also booked, and his bond was set at $31,500.
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