By DALE GRAHAM
Ranchettes residents have been robbed of their peace of mind for the past several months. Many of them lost more than that as reports of cars being pilfered, homes broken into spread from home to home.
An arrest made on March 7th hopefully will bring most of that to a stop, at least for now. That’s when Cheatham County Sheriff’s officers arrested 36 year old Benjamin Obrien from the home he was living in at 1055 Bald Eagle.
An alert resident who took the time to call for help was Obrien’s undoing. “He was seen going down the road on a bicycle with a 42” color TV flat screen”, Deputy Jeff Landis said. “When officers responded to the area the arriving officer caught him standing in his front yard but he had no TV at the time,” but Obrien did fit the description of a car burglar that had been caught in the act by the homeowner, and ran off. After further investigation the TV and some jewelry that had been taken from a home on Whippoorwill were found.
That led to further investigation, including taking a photograph of Obrien to the homeowner who had caught him in the act. That person immediately identified Obrien as the one he had seen that day. “He picked him out really quick”, Landis said.
“We’re still working on tying him to the other ones [burglaries and break-ins]”, Landis said, stating that fingerprint evidence could tie Obrien to several more, mostly in the Ranchettes.
Landis has been living with his father and uncle at the home on Bald Eagle since late 2012. He is described as thin, with shoulder length dark hair and a mustache. He is being held in the Cheatham County jail. He has been charged with burglary to an automobile, and aggravated burglary. More charges may also come, pending the ongoing investigation.
One of the things that have allegedly tied Obrien to some of the scenes, was his brand of cigarettes and habit of littering. Crushed packs of Pall Mall menthol in a green pack have been found at some of the scenes.
Obrien will be arraigned on the current charges April 8th.
If you have anything to report in the case that may be helpful, call Deputy Jeff Landis at the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department, 792-2021.