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Trial date set for burglary suspect

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Tullahoma man accused of a nearly year-long crime spree in Bedford County and other communities has had a trial date set, while two of his alleged partners had disposition dates set.

Austin Lawrence Tomes, 20, of Tullahoma will stand trial Aug. 27-28 on 10 counts of aggravated burglary, nine counts of theft of property under $10,000 and a single charge of theft under $500.

Meanwhile, two others will appear later this summer for their disposition dates before Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell.

Joey William Ostrander, 19, of Tullahoma is charged with nine counts of aggravated burglary, eight counts of theft of property under $10,000 and a single count of theft under $500. He will appear again on Aug. 18 when he must decide if he wants to make a plea or go on to trial.

On Sept. 6, Christopher Alan Perry, 18, of Oakwood Place will decide to either make a plea or go on to trial. He is charged with 10 counts of aggravated burglary, nine counts of theft of property under $10,000, a single charge of theft under $500 and a count of attempted robbery.

Case history

Detectives from Shelbyville, Bedford County and Tullahoma have stated they believe the three are responsible for a number of break-ins in their jurisdictions, as well as in Manchester and Moore, Franklin and Coffee counties.

A break in the investigation came last December when Tullahoma investigator Jason Kennedy learned that Perry was allegedly selling items on the Internet.

Perry had been arrested at a Madison Street convenience store by Kennedy and Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department after the Tullahoma officer arranged a meeting with Perry to buy a $400 Samsung Galaxy tablet for $220. However, the detectives learned there was no tablet in the bag Perry was carrying and that he intended to rob the person he had arranged to meet.

Investigators also learned from Franklin County investigators that a number of items taken there were sold at an auction house in Bedford County.

A burglary at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma on Dec. 14 has been attributed to Tomes and Perry by authorities. Both are facing a single burglary charge each for that incident.

Tomes and Perry have also been charged with theft of property for an alleged break-in on Nov. 15 at Tullahoma Jewelry and Loan where a number of handguns were taken. Ostrander was charged with theft of property for possessing and selling one of the stolen guns in this case.