Cookeville Man Charged in Local Burglary and Theft

April 23, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Brandon Troy Hayes
Caleb Isaiah Rigsby
Robert E. Palmer

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has arrested a Cookeville man in a local burglary and theft case.

25 year old Brandon Troy Hayes of Hill Road, Cookeville is charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. He will be in court April 26. His bond is $10,000

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that on November 27, 2011, Hayes broke into a building on Hamby Hill Road by cutting a lock off the door. He allegedly stole a power washer, Black & Decker drill, chainsaw, Skil saw, leaf blower, and other items, all valued at over $1,000.

The case was investigated by criminal detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. Hayes was arrested on Friday, April 20.

41 year old Joe Allen Ferrell of Oak Drive, Smithville is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $20,000.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Wednesday, April 18 Ferrell, who had cases pending in General Sessions Court for driving on a suspended license, was observed by a deputy leaving the courthouse, operating a motor vehicle. Ferrell, who had just left traffic court before getting in the vehicle, had been advised by Judge Bratten Cook, II not to drive anymore while his license was suspended. His original suspension notice was sent on February 27. His bond was originally set at $2,500 but the judge increased it to $20,000.

26 year old Caleb Isaiah Rigsby of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with driving on a suspended license, theft of property under $500, and he was issued a citation for no seatbelt. His bond totals $3,000 and he will be in court June 14.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Thursday, April 19 Rigsby was operating a motor vehicle on the Old Mill Hill Road when he was stopped by a deputy for a seat belt violation. A computer check revealed that his license were suspended on April 22, 2010 in Warren County for failure to satisfy a citation. On the theft charge, Sheriff Ray said that on April 19 Rigsby allegedly stole several items of scrap metal, valued less than $500, on O'Conner Lane and sold them to a local recycling center.

61 year old Robert E. Palmer of Oakwood Circle, Murfreesboro is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court May 3.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, April 20, Palmer's vehicle was seen parked on Shady Place in front of the residence of someone who had an order of protection against him. Palmer was outside of the automobile and standing on the victim's porch. The victim ran to a neighbor's home and called 911. A 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition were found in Palmer's vehicle.

The victim obtained the order of protection against Palmer on January 10, 2012. and became afraid when Palmer stepped onto the porch.

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