Murfreesboro police arrest 1 of 2 men accused of posing as police officers to steal from blind woman

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — Detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department have arrested one of two men accused of posing as law enforcement to steal hundreds of dollars from a blind woman.

Ismael Sheckles, 23, was one of two men who reportedly knocked on the victim’s door claiming to be police in possession of a search warrant. They were granted permission to enter the victim’s home, then later that day the victim’s debit card was used to make multiple fraudulent withdrawals at a Memorial Boulevard Mapco and fraudulent CashApp transactions.

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<em>Ishmael Sheckles (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Police Department)</em>
Ishmael Sheckles (Courtesy: Murfreesboro Police Department)

Sheckles was arrested Thursday, Jan. 25, after a brief foot pursuit with police on North Academy Street, Murfreesboro police said. He faces charges of fraudulent use of a debit card, theft of property, theft, aggravated burglary, and criminal impersonation.

He is also accused of stealing a pickup truck and snatching a woman’s purse at Walmart, according to Murfreesboro Police.

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He is in custody at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $46,000 bond. He has a court date scheduled with Rutherford County General Sessions Court Feb. 8.

The second man who was allegedly with Sheckles is still at large, according to police. Law enforcement is still trying to identify him.

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