Multi-crime suspect nabbed in Nashville

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 08:29 AM

A man authorities say is responsible for a string of crimes over a three-week period was apprehended in a routine traffic stop in Nashville, Tenn., early Thursday.

Justin Drew Coffey, 22, of 532 Prospect Road, was driving a stolen 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier when he was pulled over by a Metropolitan Nashville Police officer. A quick computer check revealed that officers in several western North Carolina counties, including Caldwell, sought Coffey for incidents that occurred between late October and Nov. 9.

According to Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Martin, officers drove to Nashville to pick up Coffey. He then was extradited and is now jailed in the Caldwell County Detention Center under a $395,000 secured bond.

Martin said Coffey was tied to the crimes based on witnesses and evidence, which included pawned items that came back to Coffey.

Coffey’s charges, mostly felonies, are extensive: Breaking and entering, breaking and entering to vehicles, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, injury to real property, and obtaining property by false pretense. More charges could be lodged against Coffey pending the outcome of the investigation, Martin said.

In addition to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, agencies seeking Coffey’s arrest included Lenoir Police, Burke County Sheriff's Office, Spruce Pine Police and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

This is not Coffey’s first time running afoul of the law. According to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction, Coffey has numerous convictions for driving while license revoked, breaking and entering, and breaking and entering to vehicles. Coffey also been convicted for burning of personal property.