Suspect in a series of auto burglaries in custody

Recovered property.

Recovered property.

Citizen assistance Thursday led to the arrest of serial auto burglary suspect Ernesto Duenez, 25, after officers responded to several reported break-ins in South Nashville.

While taking a report on Black Oak Court, the victim told officers his work phone and iPad had been taken.  A neighbor also reported that he had seen the suspect drive off in a green Chevrolet Tahoe.

Working with this information, officers located Duenez at a Maxwell Place residence.

Duenez was carrying the victim’s cell phone.  The stolen iPad was recovered from a green Tahoe Duenez admitted driving.

Also found in the Tahoe were several car stereos, GPS devices, and a laptop computer.  Recovered from a barn behind the house were numerous power and hand tools.

Earnesto Duenez

Earnesto Duenez

Additional victims Thursday identified property that had been taken from them during auto burglaries on Chestnut Oak Drive, Sunnyvale Court, and Singing Hills Drive.

So far, Duenez is charged with the following auto burglaries:
•    5100 block of Singing Hills Drive
•    1500 block of Chestnut Oak Drive
•    700 block of Sunnyvale Court
•    300 block of Black Oak Court

The investigation continues.  Additional auto burglary and theft charges against Duenez are anticipated.