By Michael R. Moser
Crossville Police responding to a burglary in progress didn't have far to go to get their man after he fled from the scene when surprised by the homeowner — they just went around the corner and down the road a short distance.
John Edward Russell, 37, 592 Iris Circle, is charged with aggravated burglary and resisting arrest and was served two outstanding warrants. Additional charges may be sought when the case is presented to the Cumberland County Grand Jury.
Crossville Police and Cumberland County sheriff's deputies responded to the 300 block of Bob White Dr. around noon on Dec. 27 after the resident arrived home to find a man he did not know in his garage. The victim provided police with a description of the suspect along with a description of the black 1998 Plymouth Breeze in which the man fled.
Police officers flooded the area in search of the suspect, and Sgt. Tony Akins told officers he had seen a vehicle fitting that description earlier that day parked around the corner from the residence, according to Ptl. Tim Vandever's report.
Investigation led to the identity of a suspect and resulted in officers driving to a Ivanhoe Lane address where the suspect's vehicle was found parked behind a residence. The suspect was found inside.
When officers conducted an inventory of the suspect's vehicle and of his pockets, they recovered items reported stolen from the residence.
Russell was taken to the Justice Center where he was booked and served with the old warrants and the recovered property was returned to the homeowner.