A police sting nabbed two men believed to be involved in vehicle burglaries in Westwood.
The men, Jeremy H. Bouldin and James W. Daniel, 20, were arrested on burglary and theft charges early Thursday morning after being observed and stopped for questioning by McMinnville Police Department detectives as they crossed the parking lot of Westwood Church of Christ at 1 a.m.
Det. Sgt. Todd Rowland and Det. Marty Cantrell were assigned to conduct surveillance on the area after five vehicle burglaries were reported by homeowners the night before. Homes were on Westwood Drive, Westwood 5th Avenue, Ben Lomand Drive, Sunburst and Apache Trail. Among the numerous items reported missing were wallets, cash, credit cards and a .380 Smith and Wesson pistol.
According to Capt. Nichole Mosley, who heads the department’s investigatory unit, the men lived at a residence on Hardaway Street and accessed the Westwood area on foot from behind Westwood Church of Christ.
Bouldin was found to be in possession of a compound bow with arrows. That item was believed to have been taken from a Nissan Altima parked at a home on Morrison Street just minutes prior to the men being stopped.
Along with several other items that linked the two suspects to additional vehicle burglaries was the recovery of the .380 Smith and Wesson pistol taken from a vehicle early Wednesday morning.
Bouldin was taken into custody by Det. Cantrell at the church.
Sgt. Rowland was involved in a short foot pursuit when Daniel fled toward Hardaway Street. The suspect was located in that area and taken into custody. Daniel’s place of residency is listed as Cleveland, Ohio, and he was reportedly visiting Bouldin.
Both Bouldin and Daniel were charged with burglary and theft. Daniel has an additional charge of evading arrest. Their bonds are $37,500 and $41,500, respectively.
“I think this is a prime example of the detective and uniform divisions analyzing an issue and forming a plan that is successful,” said Mosley. “Their extra time and effort paid off and makes our community a little safer.”
The men will have their first court appearance on Oct. 6.