Police are searching for suspects in two separate thefts that occurred just before within hours of each other just before Thanksgiving.
The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office reported a 23-year-old Munford man was assaulted by two men at a convenience store at the corner of Wilkinsville and Simmons Road on Nov. 25.
Glen McCool said he was in his vehicle trying to leave the parking lot when a black sedan pulled up and blocked his car. The suspects, described as black men wearing black hooded sweatshirts, allegedly approached him and began assaulting him, knocking him unconscious.
McCool said the men took $120 in cash and left the gas station going east on Simmons Road.
According to police reports, just hours later 61-year-old Richard Jones of Burlison told police two men wearing multi-colored ski masks knocked on the door of his Detroit Road home at approximately 1 a.m. on Nov. 26.
Jones told police the men made their way into his home, assaulted him, then stole $1,800 in cash. He was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
He could not provide a vehicle description or manner in which the suspected robbers left his home.
Sheriff Pancho Chumley said detectives don’t believe the two incidents are connected.
“Unfortunately it is the season of the year that we have an increase in thefts and robberies,” he said. “I encourage everyone to stay alert as you are shopping and be aware of your surroundings. Please secure your vehicles and homes, keeping valuables out of sight.”
If anyone has information in either of these cases, 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 Sheriff@tiptonco.com.