Reward of up to $10,000 offered in library vandalism

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 5:22am
Staff reports
Franklin Police issued surveillance video footage of the suspect in the vandalism of the Williamson County Library. The suspect allegedly broke into the library early Sunday and then returned a few hours later wearing different clothing.

Three days after a vandal ransacked the main branch of the Williamson County, police finally have a photo of the suspect. They are also offering up to a $10,000 Crime Stoppers reward for tips that lead to an arrest.

Detectives said they identified Thomas Anderson Jr. of Franklin as the man who vandalized the Columbia Avenue library branch after viewing surveillance video from the night of the break-in. They just had technical difficulties retrieving an image that could be released to the public.

Surveillance video shows a black man, who police say is Anderson, in the building at 2:38 a.m. Sunday morning. It also shows him re-enter the building at 7:20 a.m. wearing different clothing.

A custodian discovered smashed windows and broken furniture when arrived at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

It appears cash was the main target in this break-in, police said.

Anderson faces charges of burglary, vandalism over $10,000 and theft over $500.

Anyone with information on Anderson’s whereabouts is urged to call Williamson County Crime Stoppers at 794-4000. Information leading to Anderson’s whereabouts and arrest could be worth up to $10,000.

4 Comments on this post:

By: mrjdl on 10/22/09 at 5:17

OMG! A black person did this!?! A white oppressor must have forced him to do it. They're usually such polite, nice, law abiding people. One rotten apple.....

By: nothingbutagthng on 10/22/09 at 5:58

Living in Brentwood is not a shocker you feel that way and being 5'7 it's also would not be a shocker that you would not say what you said to a black person's face.

By: govskeptic on 10/22/09 at 8:34

$10.000 reward for a suspect they already know the
name of? Long local arrest record tells you he may be
close by.

By: nnoseworthy on 10/22/09 at 1:55

Who robs a library for cash?
Sure, if your O. Henry collection is missing a tome, the library would be the place to go.
But for cash, I would think it would be the bank or liquor store.
@mrjdl: I think your sarcasm is off-base.