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Police Arrest Serial Burglary Suspect - John Dunn

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - There is a sense of relief in three mid-state cities after police say they have arrested a serial burglar. Joseph Spurlock is suspected of breaking into homes in Nashville, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville. Joseph Spurlock already faces a number of theft and burglary charges, and more could be filed soon. Police say average citizens helped solve this case.

Investigators say Spurlock broke through the back door at Jonathan Griffin's Goodlettsville house. Griffin's wife and sons were inside and scared him away. "I'm just more relieved for my wife and kids because he has been afraid to sleep in his bedroom by himself," says Jonathan Griffin.

Detectives believe Spurlock may have burglarized at least 10 homes over the last few months.  They say he stole money, electronics and jewelry. A break in the case came when police say he stole from a house in Hendersonville and was caught on camera by a neighbor's security system.  "If it wasn't for the citizens who were able to put out the video and capture this person entering into homes, we probably wouldn't have caught him," says Hendersonville Police Det. Sgt. Jim Vaughn.

Police say Spurlock was caught on home security cameras at least twice. Another person was able to write down a license plate that matched Spurlock's vehicle. The 29 year old was arrested in Nashville after a short foot chase. "We were able to capture someone who has committed several, that means they won't be on the streets for a little while," says Vaughn.

Jonathan Griffin is glad the evidence led to an arrest. "It's real relieving that he is no longer out and about," says Griffin.

Joseph Spurlock in being held in the Metro jail on at least nine different charges. He'll be in court next week to begin answering for those crimes.

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