UPDATE: Viewers help bring St. Jude Dream Home theft suspect into custody
Metro Nashville Police picked St. Jude Dream Home theft suspect Carmen Murray Sunday night.
UPDATE: Following the Channel 3 story that aired last month, police from two different counties, Hamilton County and Grundy County said viewers called in to identify the suspect in the surveillance photos.
Carmen Murray, 34, of Grundy County was picked up in Nashville Sunday night at his mother's house and has been booked into the Hamilton County jail.
The Hamilton County arrest affadavit says even the Tracy City Police Chief recognized the man in the photos from previous dealings with Murray, and they assisted in his capture.
Murray is facing aggravated burglary, theft, and vandalism charges.
The Sheriff's Office says Murray stole nearly $10,000 worth of tile from this year's St. Jude Dream Home build site, burglarized a neighboring home, and slashed the tires of a construction worker who was trying to catch him in the act.
One of the homes Murray is accused of burglarizing had surveillance cameras set up inside. Photos were released to the public after Channel 3's story aired after the break-ins.
Murray is being held on a $65,000 bond and is expected to appear in court next week.
Murray is charged with:
- Failure to appear
- Theft of property
- Aggravated burglary (occupied habitation)
- Vandalism/malicious mischief
PREVIOUS STORY: Carmen Murray, 34, is wanted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the aggravated burglary of the Saint Jude's Dream Home located on Prairie Lake Drive in Apison, TN.
Murray is also wanted for vandalizing the car of a concerned citizen who gave chase after witnessing the burglary.
Carmen Murray resides in Grundy County wanted on the following charges:
- Aggravated Burglary
- Theft over $1,000.00
Anyone having information about the whereabouts of Carmen Murray is asked to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at 423-209-8940
PREVIOUS STORY: Who would take building supplies from the St. Jude Dream Home construction site? If you would really like to know, we have photos of him, and the Dream Home is not the only place he has hit. "This guy apparently feels that construction sites are his picking grounds and he can go shop there," said Chattanooga Police Officer Mark Frazer. "As anybody who's ever built a home knows, all of the items that go to the house are expensive."
Our miscreant has been taking tile and ceiling fans and various building supplies from several homes. We get our pictures from a property he swiped from on Green Gable Drive. "These were captured on makeshift surveillance inside one of the homes that was burglarized," Off. Frazer explained. "This is actually a deer camera, trail camera."
When the bad guy tried to hit the Dream Home a second time, builder Gus Issa's contractors were patrolling the neighborhood. "I believe one of the supervisors out there recognized him backed up to the garage of the Saint Jude home," Issa said. "Since he wanted to visit us again, he confronted him a little bit. The individual dropped what is doing, and got into vehicle."
The contractor followed him until the thief stopped his car and drew a knife. "The individual gets out of the vehicle, stabs the gentleman's Tahoe two times," Issa added. "The tires, flat immediately, and drives right back out of there and no one seen him since."
Have a good look at the photos. Up to a $1,000 reward is waiting and think of the good deed you will be doing if you turn him in. "This guy is a white male, slim build, light colored," Frazer said. "Hair scraggly or patchy beard as it was described, dark tan complexion, driving a small blue Honda."
Put all of the clues together and call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333
If you get voice mail, leave a way for Officer Frazer to get back with you. He will have questions, but he will never ask who you are.