Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 7, 2014

Suspect pushing safe out of house apprehended

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — An burglary alarm activation, a vigilant neighbor and quick responding deputies resulted in the arrest of a suspect in a rural residential burglary Sunday night, according to reports and arrest documents.

Leslie Eugene Fish, 41, 466 Findley Rd., is charged with one count of aggravated burglary and vandalism of a relative's home, according to Deputy Sam Dickson's report. Bond was set at $16,700.

Deputies were dispatched to a Bowman Loop home around 7:30 p.m. after E911 operators received a call from the resident, who was in Cookeville. The resident reported receiving notification from an alarm company that the alarm set at her residence had been activated. The victim called a nearby neighbor and asked them to check on her home.

That neighbor called back and reported finding a man pushing a safe across the front porch and to a waiting black Mitsubishi car. The man fled when the neighbor informed him that law enforcement was on the way.

Dickson and Deputy Mac Judkins arrived on the scene to learn that the suspect had fled. Inside the residence, the officers found a broken window with blood around it, and shoe prints outside. Evidence was gathered and investigators started looking for the burglar after a suspect was identified. Sgt. Roy Kemmer found the suspect at his Findley Rd. home and took him into custody.

Dickson wrote in his report that the suspect's hand were observed to have cuts on them and boots were seized to see if they match foot prints found at the scene.

Fish is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court on Feb. 24.