A man, whom officials are calling the “Mule Kick Burglar,” has been arrested and tied to at least 63 business break-ins in several communities, the Murfreesboro Police Department and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said.
An MPD officer stopped a vehicle driven by Robert Shegog, 35, of Murfreesboro on Jan. 27, and charged him with possession of drugs. This led to Shegog being identified as the possible suspect in the rash of business burglaries dating back to September 2019, the MPD said. He was interviewed, and arrested Feb. 21, for multiple counts of burglary, theft and vandalism.
Police had previously accused Shegog of 59 break-ins. On March 2, RCSO Det. Brian Gonzales accused him of four additional break-ins, charging him with 16 counts of burglary, theft and vandalism.
Gonzales said Shegog broke into:
- Sept. 20: R&L Market on New Salem Highway, stole cigarettes and cash valued at $950.
- Sept. 23: Last Stop Market on Lascassas Highway, $1,200 in cigarettes.
- Nov. 3: Last Stop Market on Lascassas Highway, stole $1,500 in cigarettes and $250 cash.
- Nov. 9: Epps Mill Market on Epps Mill Road, stole $65 in cash.
Shegog was coined the Mule Kick Burglar because he was seen on surveillance video standing with his back to the front door of the businesses and kicking in the glass to enter, the MPD said. He is accused by the following agencies of stealing more than $100,000 in cash from businesses in 11 cities throughout Middle Tennessee:
- Shelbyville Police Department (16 burglaries)
- Murfreesboro Police Department (14 burglaries)
- Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office (11 burglaries)
- Smyrna Police Department (eight burglaries)
- Chapel Hill Police Department (three burglaries)
- Tullahoma Police Department (two burglaries)
- Manchester Police Department (two burglaries)
- Woodbury Police Department (two burglaries)
- Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (two burglaries)
- Nolensville Police Department (one burglary)
- Wilson County Sheriff’s Office (one burglary)
“The break-ins and thefts have rattled businesses in the mid-state area, and we are grateful the businesses were closed, and no one was hurt,” said MPD Criminal Investigations Division Det. Shan Harris. “This was good ole’ fashioned police work, with several agencies working together to get the suspect’s vehicle description, and the person responsible arrested.”
He is being held on bond at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center while awaiting a hearing March 5 in General Sessions Court.
Additional charges may be pending, Gonzales said.