Gallatin police have made an arrest in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Fairway Farms subdivision off Long Hollow Pike last week.
Kendel Link, 37, of Gallatin is charged with six counts of vehicle burglary, theft valued at more than $1,000 and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.
Police say the vehicles were rummaged through around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 and were all unlocked at the time.
“In almost all of the car burglaries that we’ve had lately, (suspects) just physically check the doors and if they doors are unlocked, they go through the car,” Lt. Lamar Ballard with the Gallatin Police Department said.
According to an arrest affidavit, Link was identified from home security camera footage that was obtained from one of the victims.
During a search of an apartment bedroom used by Link, police say they found a stolen rifle along with a ceramic marijuana pipe, digital scales and lighter inside.
When questioned about the burglaries, Link admitted to going through the vehicles, according to an arrest affidavit. He also told police he was “high on cocaine” at the time and had a friend drop him off at a nearby gas station before he walked to the neighborhood, “went through the cars and walked home” afterwards.
A criminal hearing for Link is scheduled to take place Oct. 7 in Sumner County General Sessions Court.
Ballard said police are still looking to identify a suspect who burglarized several other vehicles later that same morning around 4 a.m. in the Elk Acres subdivision off of State Route 109. He also urged residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times.
“If you’re going to leave the car unlocked, just don’t leave anything that is of any type of value inside,” Ballard added. “(Thieves) are going to take it, especially money, purses, wallets and here lately some people have even left firearms inside them.”