Nashville man says he traded crack cocaine for stolen vehicle

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Johnny Burns, 43, says he traded crack cocaine for a stolen vehicle. He is held in lieu of $7,000 bond, charged with felony auto theft($2,500 – $10,000), and possession.

Metro Police were patrolling Brick Church Pike late Friday night, when they noticed a vehicle parked in the rear of the Red Roof Inn with three individuals sitting inside it. As they went to make contact with the individuals, they all fled to a hotel room. A VIN check of the vehicle showed it to be stolen out of Nashville. The hotel was able to provide security footage, that showed the individuals leaving the car and entering the hotel. A short time later, officers observed and identified Johnny Burns, across the street from the hotel, as being in the stolen vehicle.

Johnny Burns (MNPD)

Burns told police he had given someone crack cocaine in exchange for the vehicle. The vehicle also had a fake temporary tag with his name on it in the back window. Inside the vehicle, police located a white rock substance inside a dollar bill that tested positive for cocaine.

Johnny Burns was charged with theft of vehicle ($2,500 to $10,000), and simple possession. He is held in lieu of a $7,000 bond.

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