Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 5, 2014

Off duty investigator nabs suspect

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — When Cumberland County Chief Sheriff's Investigator Casey Cox left home with his family recently, the only thought on his mind was the good vitels awaiting him at a relative's home. Lunch was postponed, however, after Cox spotted two suspicious acting folks that lead to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

David Allen Proffitt, 41, 930 Earl Jones Rd., is charged with auto burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft of less than $500.

The latest incident occurred Jan. 19 in the 400 block of Spruce Loop around 11:30 a.m., according to Deputy Dustin Jackson's report.

Cox said he was traveling toward Crossville on Spruce Loop when he spotted a man and woman walking in the road, something he thought looked odd. He turned around and made a second pass and recognized a man who has a previous arrest record.

Down the road he stopped to observe the man and a female accomplice and watched as the suspect walked onto a driveway and into a carport. The woman stayed at the edge of the road as if she were acting as a lookout.

Cox called for a marked unit to come to the scene and Jackson arrived and took Proffitt into custody. The female was identified and later released.

Officers later found a vehicle with its doors open and items from the glove box scattered around in the car and on the ground.

Recovered were a set of binoculars, several music CDs, a cell phone and a box of vehicle parts.

Bond for Proffitt was set at $17,000 and he is set to appear in General Sessions Court Monday.

Proffitt was in Criminal Court last Wednesday to answer to charges of aggravated burglary, theft of less than $10,000 and vandalism. His case was continued to March 3.