Juvenile Crime Task Force officers were walking along 23rd Ave North and Osage Street on Thursday night, when they noticed a Ford Taurus with a strong smell of marijuana coming from it. 16-year-old, who possessed keys to the Taurus, was standing next to the car. The 16-year-old had four outstanding juvenile court charges and was taken into custody.
A search of the Taurus revealed a stolen Glock nine millimeter pistol that was taken during a home burglary. Officers then turned their attention to a running but unoccupied Toyota Camry parked across the street. A records check revealed the Camry was stolen from 4040 Hillsboro Pike on May 19th after it was left with the keys in the ignition. Inside the Camry was a Glock .40 caliber pistol and a 30 round magazine for an AR-15 rifle.
In a second case involving the Juvenile Crime Task Force Thursday night, Canine Unit Officer Braden Gant spotted a stolen Honda CR-V traveling along Buena Vista Pike. The Honda stopped at a convenience market and Officer Gant radioed for backup. Task Force officers responded and assisted in taking the driver, Ladarius Nelson, 22, into custody without incident as he left the store. Inside the Honda was a stolen nine millimeter pistol that was taken from a Murfreesboro gun store, marijuana, cocaine, Xanax pills, and a digital scale. The Honda had been stolen from a Murfreesboro residence.
Nelson, a convicted robber, is charged with auto theft, gun theft, unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, and several drug offenses. Nelson is jailed in lieu of $51,000 bond.