Police arrest homeless man charged in downtown burglaries

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 3:05pm
Staff reports

Metro Police have arrested the man they believe responsible for burglarizing at least three downtown businesses this month.

Based on a tip, police on Wednesday arrested Tyrone Palmer, 47. Identified from a surveillance video, police said he’s the man responsible for the March 11 break-ins at Import Auto Maintenance on Broadway, Jersey Mike’s Subs on Elliston Place and Clothes Town on Eighth Avenue South.

Palmer has been arrested 30 times, with six burglary convictions and four vehicle burglary convictions. 

6 Comments on this post:

By: fishfry on 3/24/10 at 6:41

Arrested 30, DID YOU SAY THIRTY, times? And he is out there doing the same thing over and over? Why should we help find him again? What will arresting him another time (let's see that would be number THIRTY ONE) do?

By: dpcham on 3/24/10 at 1:51

There does not seem to be any mention of what the reward is if we see him. Is there a dead or alive issue? Twenty bucks either way, no strike that he would just get 3 a day and a warm cot and health care for the latter choice, maybe just ten dollars alive and thirty dead.

By: thecatlady on 3/24/10 at 5:16

Isn't there some kind of "three strikes and you're out" law, or at the very least a "habitual offender" law on the books? If so, it would certainly apply in this guy's case.

By: bruingeek on 3/25/10 at 6:24

But ONLY 10 convictions...good grief. Does an eleventh conviction come with a set of steak knives or a seat on Metro Council or a UT football scholarship? *sarcasm*

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/25/10 at 10:38

thecatlady, i wondered the same thing, however the three strikes only applies to certain felonies, not all. i think it's a crock of crap to say we are a three strikes state but then don't enforce it.

By: shef2 on 3/25/10 at 9:44

This is a major complaint by Chief Serpas - the police arrest the criminal. Then, the judicial system lets them out - way too early. Repeat, repeat, repeat (I won't type this 30 times), but you get the picture...
The folks @ IAM are friends. I've been taking my Honda there for years. Sad that these nice people had to get burglarized by a criminal that should have been incarcerated, but wasn't.