Suspect Identified in Rash of Vehicle Burglaries


On 18 October 2016 Tipton County Sheriff’s Office detectives identified the suspect captured in the home video surveillance.  The suspect, Michael Shane Martin, 18, of 78 Brickbat Road in Dyersburg, Tennessee has been formally charged with eight (8) counts of Burglary of a Vehicle, six (6) counts of Theft of Property Under $1,000.00, and Vandalism Under $1,000.00.  Martin remains in custody on a $100,000.00 bond.  He is slated to appear in Tipton County General Sessions Court on 18 November 2016. Detectives determined that Martin was on probation for similar thefts out of Dyer County when he was arrested.

“We are continuing to receive calls from victims in the Gilt-edge Community. The case is ongoing and we expect additional charges will be filed in the cases.  I appreciate the help from all of the citizens in this case.  It was the break we needed to locate a possible suspect in this theft spree” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley “

If anyone has information in this case or feels they have been a victim, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.

Original press release:

Over the past week, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has received sixteen (16) complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of the 100 to 400 block of Gilt-edge Gin Road, 10,000 block of Highway 59W, and 100 block of Jamestown Rd in Covington.  The suspect was captured on a home surveillance camera on Gilt-edge Gin Road.

The suspect is described as a white male, medium build, wearing s camouflage jacket, ball cap, khaki “cargo” style shorts, white tube socks and flip flops.  He carries a small flashlight and targets vehicles that have been left unlocked.  There are an assortment of items that have been reported stolen including money, change, sunglasses, cigarettes and CDs.

“Detectives have been conducting neighborhood canvases to possibly identify the suspect who appears to be on foot, when prowling around during the night, committing the burglaries.  We feel there may be other vehicles that have been entered by the suspect but not reported,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley  “We are asking citizens to help us identify the thief, in the video, who was captured in the act”. added Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.

This article originally appeared as a press release from the Tipton County Sheriff's Office.