Neighbors on edge after handful of cars broken into in East Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – From multiple car break-ins, to carjackings, to victims being robbed at gunpoint, neighbors are on edge after a recent crime spree in East Nashville.

Three teens have been charged in connection with several incidents in East Nashville over the past week.

“Tons of windows are smashed in, tons of glass all over the ground,” Caitlin Cipolla said.

3 teens charged in connection with East Nashville crime spree

That’s the sight Cipolla woke up to on Saturday, Jan. 27 outside her apartment complex on Eastland Avenue.

“’First and foremost, make sure to lock your doors and windows at all times, even when you’re home,’” Cipolla read from an email sent to her and other residents.

Just days later, Metro police said multiple victims were robbed in East Nashville at gunpoint.

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On Forest Avenue, a gunman reportedly ran up to a woman, demanded her car keys, and drove off in her vehicle.

“Crime was real high when we first moved here,” Richard Jackson said.

Jackson has lived in East Nashville for 29 years. He said he thought crime was getting under control, but he fell victim on Saturday morning when someone broke into his truck.

“They just ransacked it and just moved on,” Jackson said.

However, Jackson said about 10 other cars were hit at the apartment complex across the street.

“The only thing I can think of, they was trying to get either guns or something of value,” Jackson said.

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Even though Jackson said nothing was stolen from his vehicle, law enforcement remained on high alert Wednesday, Jan. 31.

“This neighborhood is pretty safe, but this was like the first time a major crime incident has happened in this area,” Cipolla said.

Police said it’s unclear if the suspects arrested for the five robbery cases are connected to the break-ins on Eastland Avenue.

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