The execution of a search warrant at a Drummond Drive home Thursday turned up stolen trailers, landscaping equipment and a scooter, according to Metro police.
The warrant followed a joint investigation by the Nashville, Franklin and Brentwood police departments into recent trailer thefts. Metro police arrested five people Thursday for their alleged involvement in the thefts.
Those arrested include the following: Freddy Rivera, 26, of Murfreesboro Pike; Jose Rivera, 22, of Tanglewood Court; Pina Victor Rosas, 33, of Lawson Road in Smyrna; and Edguardo Manuel Hernandez, 22, of McClary Road in Smyrna.
Police later arrested 39-year-old Eliseo M. Rodriguez at the 808 Drummond Drive duplex. All five men were charged in Nashville with felony theft. Police expect additional charges to be filled.
Police said the stolen trailers, some already repainted, were recovered from the Drummond property along with stolen professional lawn mowers, trimmers and a scooter. Inside the home, police said they found power tools, air compressors, chain saws and other equipment.
Overnight Wednesday, undercover detectives from the various departments kept tabs on the men, watching as they drove a white Dodge pickup truck, suspected to be involved in the thefts, to the StorPlace business at 7332 Tolbert Road in west Davidson County.
There, police claim two of the men hooked up two Budget Rental tow dollies worth $6,000 and stole them off the lot.
Detectives believe two men in a green Honda Accord served as lookouts for the others. Police then followed the Honda to a home on Lawson Road in Smyrna, where officers moved in and arrested four of the men.
According to Metro police, the men are responsible for seven trailer thefts, three in Nashville and four in Williamson County. Police also believe the Drummond Drive property was being used to store or perhaps fence the stolen items.