One crime leads to another

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Investigation of one crime led to the discovery of another last week, according to reports on file at the Lewisburg Police Department.

According to Detective James Johnson's report, "On Feb. 23, I developed Kenneth Wayne Robertson, 37, as a suspect in the fraudulent use of a credit card. I went to talk to Robertson (and) he admitted to using the card at Quik Mart on Feb. 16. He stated he found the card in a wallet at H & R Block."

In the course of talking to Robertson on Feb. 24, Johnson discovered that he was "a registered sex offender out of Davidson County." Robertson still gives "Panorama Drive, Nashville" as his address, but he told Johnson that he had been living in Lewisburg for about six months. Robertson had not registered with the police department even though the law requires a sex offender to register within 48 hours of moving to a new address.

Robertson's bond for the fraudulent use of the credit card was set at $500, but the bond on the sex offender violation was $3,000. He is due in General Sessions court on March 17.

Officer Dac Burrow wrote the report on another case involving a credit card. On Feb. 26, Maria Jaimes, 53, of Preston Avenue, came to the Lewisburg Police Department to report that someone had used her social security number to obtain a Chase Bank card.

The first she knew of it, she told Burrow, was when she got a call about being late with her payment.

According to Burrow's report, she "explained that she didn't have a credit card and she was told that a Chase Bank card was obtained with her social security number." The bank told Jaimes that the card had been mailed to a Pulaski address, and that transactions around the amount of $8,000 have been made on the card.

Another local theft had a happier ending.

Jeffrey Hardin called police at about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to report that the 1996 white Nissan Maxima belonging to his mother, Rita Pigg, had been stolen. Hardin said he had left the car parked in his father's driveway on 5th Avenue North while he went inside the house for just a few minutes. Hardin told Officer Brad Martin that the car keys were in the car, but not in the ignition.

The next day, March 1, Pigg called police at about 8:30 p.m. to report that her car had been found on 6th Avenue. Pigg told Officer Amanda Newcomb that friends notified her of the car's location. According to Newcomb's report, the friends told her the car had been there "since 8:30 a.m. but they didn't realize it belonged to her until later. They also saw a white female with red hair and wearing a brown jacket trying to start the car."

The Maxima was towed to the Lewisburg Police Department so that it could be processed for possible clues to the thief's identity.