A vigilant Mt. Juliet police officer, investigating a suspicious car at a city park last night, located a man who had just grabbed the cash drawer from Cheddar's Casual Café, according to police.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, a man entered Cheddar's Casual Café and took the cash drawer from behind the bar when employees were not around, according to a report from Mt. Juliet Police. Officers immediately responded to the restaurant to investigate the theft, and a description of the man was obtained from video surveillance. The description was relayed to area patrol officers, who were on the lookout for the suspect.
Within an hour, an officer was dispatched to investigate a suspicious car parked near the water tower located at Sgt. Jerry Mundy Memorial Park, the report said.
Upon arrival, the officer located a man and woman in the suspicious car, and noticed that the male matched the description of the restaurant theft suspect. Further investigation confirmed that the man in the car was the same person who stole the cash drawer, and he was identified as Kenneth Dickerson, 36, of Mt. Juliet.
The cash drawer and an undisclosed amount of cash were in Dickerson's possession and recovered. Since the cash drawer was locked, Dickerson used a battery-powered saw to cut open the drawer to access the cash.
Dickerson was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail, charged with Theft and Vandalism. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 4.
It was determined that the woman in the car with Dickerson was not involved in the theft, and she was not charged.