Arrest made in multiple burglaries

Friday, January 30, 2015

From Staff Reports

Edward F. Webster, 21, of Ostella Road, Cornersville, was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with multiple burglaries, as well as other serious charges.

The arrest resulted from a joint operation by Lewisburg Police Department Detective James Johnson and Marshall County Sheriff's Detective Tony Nichols, assisted by Probation and Parole Officers Crystal Gray and James King, reported Detective Sgt. David L. Henley.

Johnson and Nichols investigated a tip which led to the recovery of a set of tools from Webster's home and the tools were positively identified as some which had been reported stolen from Marshall Farmers Co-op earlier this month. Police said Webster had been identified as a person of interest in the case. He was previously convicted of 16 separate counts of burglary and vandalism and was on parole.

On Jan. 20, detectives searched Webster's vehicle. They found more items which linked Webster to the Co-op burglary. They also found a photo of Webster shooting a handgun, dated Jan. 14, 2015. As a convicted felon, Webster is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Before Webster could be located by law enforcement, more burglaries were reported in the Industrial Park, and he was identified by detectives as the suspect in these as well, said Henley.

On Jan. 28, detectives found Webster at a home in Lewisburg, and when he left the house detectives followed. Webster refused to stop and led detectives, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, and Marshall County Sheriff's deputies on a chase through Marshall County. Webster was finally stopped by Marshall County Sheriff's deputies on Ebenezer Hollow Road, south of Cornersville, where he was taken into custody.

Webster was transported to the Marshall County Jail and charged with multiple felonies including burglary, theft, vandalism, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license and parole violation. Webster's bond totals more than $600,000, but he is being held without bond on the parole violation.

Lewisburg Police detectives asks that anyone with information that may be related to these or any other crimes to please contact the Lewisburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (931) 359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867.