A Cookeville man believed to be responsible for recent thefts and burglaries was arrested last week by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. 20 year old Tyler Johnston Arnett of Cookeville is charged with public intoxication, two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of property under $500, and one count of theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $21,500 and he will make a court appearance on July 21.
On Tuesday, July 12 a deputy was dispatched to the Pine Grove Subdivision where a vehicle was observed parked in the road. Upon arrival, the officer found an abandoned 2000 GMC dual wheel truck in the road with the head lights on. During the investigation, the sheriff’s department received another call in the same area where a resident suspected someone had been in his vehicle. Arnett was later spotted by a deputy riding a pink and purple bicycle in the neighborhood. After stopping him and checking further, the officer discovered that Arnett had allegedly stolen both the bike and the truck (valued at $3,500) and had broken into another vehicle, taking a brown tri-fold wallet containing a JC Penny card, a Chase Mastercard, a Sears card, and a BP gas card. Arnett was believed to have been under the influence of an intoxicant. He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Arnett told the officer that he did not know where he was or where he had been. Meanwhile, other people in the area reported being suspicious of someone having been in their vehicles but nothing was missing. The burglaries and thefts were investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective. A deputy arrested Arnett on the public intoxication charge.
33 year old Jonathan Kyle McCormick of E.H. Haas Road, Dowelltown is cited for roadways laned for traffic and he has two citations against him for simple possession of a schedule II drug. His court date is August 25. On Friday, July 15 a detective pulled over a 1999 Toyota Camry on Midway Road for a traffic offense and found that the driver, McCormick had on him a small baggie containing less than a gram of methamphetamine and a morphine pill.
37 year old Pedro Paulin is charged with driving under the influence. He was further cited for failure to carry registration, no insurance, no driver license, driving on roadways laned for travel, and violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $1,500. On Saturday, July 16 a deputy responded to a reckless driver call on McMinnville Highway and spotted a red Ford F150 traveling north on Highway 56 and swerving in and out of his lane of traffic. The officer stopped the truck and found the driver, Paulin to have a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet. Paulin had an empty can of Natural Ice beer laying on the back floor board of his truck. Field sobriety tasks could not be given due to a language barrier and Paulin refused to submit to a blood test. He was placed under arrest.
26 year old Patrick Jerome Murphy of Highland Street, Smithville is charged with possession of methamphetamine. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is August 18. On Tuesday, July 12 a deputy and detective went to Murphy’s home to conduct a probation search and found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in the home.