|Three suspects were arrested before dawn Tuesday on suspicion of threatening to rob a Murfreesboro woman at gunpoint if she informed police they had stolen her car two days earlier.
Officers spotted the stolen vehicle just before 1 a.m. near the intersection of East Castle and South Academy streets, at which point they conducted a traffic stop, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
The car was being driven by 19-year-old Cierra T. Grayson, who was accompanied by Deviyon “D.D.” Smith, 20, and 22-year-old Fredrick D. Rice, at which point the group was then taken into custody.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded 0.45 caliber handgun under the front passenger seat. None of the suspects could show proof of lawful registration for the handgun, which did not come back as stolen when checked through the National Crime Information Center.
All three were then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where they were charged with felony theft and unlawful possession of a weapon. Rice was also charged with one count of selling a counterfeit controlled substance, according to Police Department arrest reports.
Grayson and Smith were held on a $4,500 bond, while Rice’s bail was set at $8,000 due to the additional drug-related charge.
They are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on all the charges Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
Dozens of bras taken from store
A female employee reported more than $1,000 worth of bras was stolen Monday afternoon from Victoria’s Secret at The Avenue Murfreesboro.
The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Medical Center Parkway, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
The woman told officers that she heard the merchandise detection alarm active one of the store’s three alarms. However, she did not see anyone near the entrance or outside of the building immediately after the alarm was activated.
In total, more than 25 bras were taken from the store.
Anyone with information about this incident should call CrimeStoppers at 615-893-7867.
City playground vandalized
An unknown number of suspects vandalized several pieces of playground equipment Monday morning at the Family Learning Center in Murfreesboro.
A city employee told officers that a plastic playhouse, slide and bench had been vandalized, causing an unspecified amount of damage, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
This is the second time the fenced-in playground, which is located in the 600 block of Hancock Street, has been targeted in recent weeks.
As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and an investigation into the matter continues.
Women accused of theft
Two women were arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $500 worth of merchandise Friday afternoon at Wal-Mart on South Rutherford Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
A loss prevention employee called officers after observing Alana G. Gilbert, 33, and Laona Hill, 36, allegedly conceal numerous items and pass all points of purchase without paying, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
However, Gilbert and Hill were caught and detained by the Wal-Mart employee until police arrived, at which point they were taken into custody.
Gilbert and Hill were then transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where they were charged with felony theft and held on $2,000 bonds, according to Police Department arrest reports.
Both women are scheduled to appear Thursday, Sept. 20, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.