Crime can occur across the state of Tennessee in any neighborhood, regardless of its socio-economic status. Residents in some affluent neighborhoods have even assumed they were immune from crime since very little had occurred in their areas in the past. However, one Nashville community has seen a recent increase in felonies, particularly juvenile crimes.
West Nashville police report an increase in car theft. One resident in the area discovered that his car had been stolen when he tried to leave home. A spare key had been hidden in the car, and it was assumed that someone found it after breaking the window. The owner was surprised at the theft since the area is very well-patrolled by police.
Nashville Metro Police officers located the vehicle at a home in another part of the city. Inside the car, they found a high school identification badge that belonged to a student. A search of the home where the car was parked found a tennis racquet that supposedly belonged to the car's owner.
Investigators in the case said that the student, a minor, purportedly confessed to taking the car as well as another one in the same neighborhood several weeks previously. Reports show that the juvenile has apparently exhibited a pattern of taking a bus to the affluent area and burglarizing cars. An official stated that the youth may be responsible for up to 10 thefts around Nashville.
If a loved one has been charged with juvenile crimes, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. A Tennessee criminal defense attorney can evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action in presenting a defense. It is of utmost importance, when possible, to keep the cases in juvenile court as opposed to having someone be tried as an adult. An experienced lawyer will fight to protect the rights of any client, including those who are still minors.
Source: wkrn.com, "Belle Meade police see uptick in crimes involving teenagers", Andy Cordan, Oct. 11, 2017