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Police: Auto Burglary Suspects May be Responsible for other Thefts

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Lexington Police said they have had a big break solving a string of burglaries thanks to community tips.

"I received multiple phone calls, text messages where the community was talking about different things they had seen actually one of the leads came from someone that wasn't even involved in the thefts," said theft victim Mike Joyner, who had a firearm stolen out of his vehicle.

Captain Jeff Middleton with Lexington Police told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News those tips ultimately helped police to bring down a car burglary ring that has been targeted multiple victims living in North Lexington.

"Several Vehicles were burglarized that were in parked driveways and all of those vehicles were left unsecured," said Middleton.

The tips led officers to arrest Aaron Hickerson, Dylan Delich and Jacob Rains of Lexington Wednesday on felony burglary charges. Investigators reported that the stolen property was found to be in the trio's possession.

"It's very disappointing when somebody takes something from you," said theft victim Mike Joyner. "You feel violated but also very frustrated because we all work hard for what we have."

So far the suspects are tied to at least six auto burglary thefts across North Lexington. Most of the stolen property recovered has been returned, but police said they are still trying to figure out who the owners are for some of the items.

"We've recovered property that we haven't linked back to the property that was reported stolen to us, so we need people living in the northern part of our city to do an inventory of their vehicle, make a check and see if they are missing anything," said Middleton. "We know that we have cases out there that have not been reported to us."

Suspects Hickerson, Delich and Rains are being held in the Henderson County Jail. The trio face up to six counts of felony burglary each.

If you have any information in this case or feel that you may be a theft victim call Lexington Police at (731) 968-6666.