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CRIME BRIEFS: Farm equipment stolen from company

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An unknown number of suspects stole more than $50,000 worth of John Deere lawnmowers Sunday night from Tri Green Equipment on Middle Tennessee Boulevard.

The theft was discovered just before dawn Monday when employees with BVA Systems Inc. noticed a John Deere all-terrain vehicle parked in the middle of Esther Lane. They soon realized nearly 30 yards of the company’s fencing had been cut, which resulted in $800 worth of damage, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

As they were inspecting the grounds, the BVA employees soon found a freshly made trail through the woods that led to Tri Green, at which point they realized what had occurred and called police.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division also responded to the scene to collect evidence and information.

As of Wednesday, no on had been arrested and charged in connection with the theft, and the matter remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should call CrimeStoppers at 615-893-7867.

Mongolian restaurant vandalized

On Monday, an employee discovered an unknown number of suspects vandalized Genghis Grill, located on Medical Center Parkway, earlier that morning.

In total, more than $1,500 worth of property was damaged during the vandalism, which is believed to have occurred between the hours of midnight and 9 a.m., according to a Police Department incident report.

As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested and charged in connection with the incident, and the matter remains under investigation.

Another bike stolen from apartment

A motorcycle that was parked outside of Summer Lake Apartments was reportedly stolen Sunday by an unidentified suspect.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of National Drive, just off of South Church Street in Murfreesboro.

The 23-year-old man who owns the bike told police it was taken some time between noon Saturday and Sunday evening, however, he could not identify any possible suspects, according to a Police Department incident report.

This is the second motorcycle that has been stolen from that area in recent weeks. On April 22, another man’s bike was taken from the parking lot of Indian Park Apartments.

Man charged with child rape

A Murfreesboro man was arrested Friday on suspicion of having sex with a 12-year-old girl who he met at Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro.

Joseph S. Sallaj, 19, of West Clark Boulevard, has been charged with rape of a child in connection with the incident that occurred in March, according to a Police Department arrest report.

During an interview at the Police Department, Sallaj allegedly admitted escorting the girl to a nearby bridge on Old Fort Parkway and removing some of her clothing as they kissed. When he noticed how many people were in the area, they stopped and walked back to his car that was parked at the mall. Sallaj said he then drove the girl to his home, where they had sex.

After police finished interviewing him, Sallaj was transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where he was held on a $45,000 bond.

However, Sallaj could still face additional charges in connection with this case. In addition, an investigator with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is working with local detectives who are following up on the possibility of other victims.

A preliminary hearing on the current charge has been scheduled for Thursday, June 14, in General Sessions Court.

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