GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - Germantown police arrested a man suspected of burglaries in the Poplar Estates neighborhood.
Police received a call at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, regarding a stolen bicycle and vehicle in the 1700 block of East Churchill Downs. The victim told police that after the motion sensor light in his garage was activated, he noticed that a pair of gloves and his bicycle were missing.
The responding officer saw a man in dark clothing run through a neighbor's backyard. Shelby County's dog squad searched the area, but the suspect could not be found.
Officers received a call from a resident in the 1500 block of West Churchill Downs early Thursday morning concerning a man, dressed in dark clothing, sleeping in his car. He ran away when police arrived.
At 7:15 a.m., officers were called when a man approached someone asking for help near Bell Manor and Riverdale. Officers took the suspect into custody a short time later, near Bell Manor and Manor Woods Cove.
Randy Province's car was recently hit while he was sleeping.
"I got in my car to go to work the next day and my radar detector and prescription glasses were missing," said Province. "I had to file a police report."
The suspect, Anthony Hunt, is charged with three counts of auto burglary, one count of aggravated burglary, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation and possession of stolen property.
There have been three armed robberies in Germantown so far this month. Victims reported different suspect descriptions. Germantown police say the spike in crime is unusual. But, like the burglary case, residents are confident these too will be closed.
"All the neighbors are talking and trying to get an idea of what's going on," said neighbor Kelly Nelson. "I'm actually trying to park in the garage and close the garage door when I'm unloading the car and stuff like that."
Hunt is currently in jail on a $350,000 bond.