A Gallatin man with a history of vehicle burglaries and thefts has been arrested again after police say he went on another crime spree last month.
Kendel Link, 37, is accused of stealing a stereo system from a vehicle on West Main Street sometime between Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, according to court records.
Police also say he then went on to steal a vehicle that had been parked for several years outside a residence on Coles Ferry Road on Jan. 23 before burglarizing an unlocked vehicle on James Circle less than a week later.
“Most of the time you’ve got people who are going in unlocked cars and just taking what they can or what is visible to them and easy to grab,” Lt. Lamar Ballard with the Gallatin Police Department said. “Mr. Link, for years, has been going into the cars and actually removing electronics, removing car parts… anything. Just because it’s attached to the car doesn’t mean he’s not going to steal it.”
When Link was arrested on Jan. 30, court documents show that officers found “various stolen items” in his possession including the missing vehicle and stereo system.
According to Ballard, the 37-year-old has a lengthy criminal history that dates back to 2001. He was most recently arrested and charged with burglarizing six vehicles in the Fairway Farms subdivision off Long Hollow Pike in late August.
“Here lately, we’ve been plagued with people coming from out of town… and hitting our neighborhoods, going through cars and taking stuff,” Ballard said. “Here is an individual who is a local resident who has been doing this type of crime for years. I’m going to label him as a career criminal. There is no other word. He is a serial burglar.”
Link’s newest charges include one count of auto burglary and four counts of theft of property, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on May 5.