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By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
In an investigation spanning three law enforcement agencies and four counties, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen items and has one suspect in custody in a string of home burglaries over a period of several months.

This was a joint investigation between the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sumner County Sheriffs Department and Rutherford County Sheriffs Department, said Detective Ricky Knight of the WCSD.

Items recovered included 14 guns, ranging from pistols to hunting rifles, shotguns and even an AK-47, which Detective Jeff Johnson is legal to own only if it is not fully-automatic.

Also recovered were six flat screen televisions, multiple power tools, bags and pillowcases full of jewelry, video games, DVDs and more. The detectives estimated the items were worth several thousands of dollars.

In addition to the recovered stolen items, the WCSD arrested Keith Douglas Wooten of 5961 Beckwith Rd, Mt. Juliet, on Nov. 18 on one charge of aggravated burglary and one charge of theft of property.

We recovered some of this from a home in Wilson County and more from a home in Davidson County, Knight said.

The items were stolen from homes in Wilson, Sumner, Williamson and Grundy counties and Detective Tim Bailey of the Sumner County Sheriffs Department noted some of the items have been identified to be from a home burglary reported on Sept. 20.

A lot of it has been identified by us, Grundy County Sheriffs Department and Williamson County, Knight said.

Knight said the items were all stolen from multiple homes and said they expect to make additional arrests of multiple suspects in the next several weeks. Wooten remains in custody at the Wilson County Jail and Knight said all of the items will be stored in Wilson County.

He pointed out if anyone had purchased items from Wooten recently to notify the authorities as it could possibly have been a stolen item. Knight also said they will be contacting victims to help return the stolen property to its rightful owners.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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