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Residents Help Police Catch Suspect in Lawn Mower Thefts With Technology -- Mikayla Lewis

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North Nashville residents used social media and helped police catch a lawnmower theft tonight.

Metro Police say around 8 p.m. 18-year-old Kendall Williams was arrested for theft at his home on Arthur Avenue.

Rick Orcutt moved into his Buena Vista home last fall. 

Orcutt said, "It feels safe, I mean it's obviously a transitional neighborhood."

While Orcutt fired up his lawnmower tonight, others cannot do the same in the area. 

Randy Mills, Salemtown resident says, "  There's a social page Nextdoor. It's kind of like Facebook and all of sudden there's 25 lawnmowers being stolen in the neighborhood and it's concerning."

In the last couple of week, more than a dozen North Nashville residents posted to the Nextdoor site. Reports of lawnmowers stolen happened at residences with locked and unlocked sheds, and in their backyards.

Orcutt says, "The lawnmower is just a thing but for someone to come back into my backyard and take something that I purchased with my hard earned money it's a violation of my privacy and my family."

Orcutt is not a victim, but his neighbor across the street is. She says the thief took her $600 John Deere mower.

The victim said, "It was disturbing because it was so close to my house in daylight I felt that they had watched to see when I came and went."

One person took a photo of Williams stealing a mower, and posted it to the site. Metro Police say the the use of social media helped in pinpointing a suspect. 

Mills says, "It's a very cohesive neighborhood."

Orcutt says, "I think it's a brilliant use of social media to be proactive and preventing crime."

Stealing a lawnmower is a misdemeanor. If you witness or become a victim of a theft, contact Crime Stoppers at: (615) 74-CRIME (615-742-7463).

Follow Mikayla Lewis on Twitter @MikaylaFox17.


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