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Alert officer spots stolen truck, helps nab robbery suspect

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with two market robberies and a Donelson home invasion.

Jeffery Halstead, 30, was taken into custody early Tuesday morning.

Metro officer Ray Flaherty was on his way home Monday night when he said he spotted a Maxwell Roofing Company pickup truck parked at a convenience store on Gallatin Pike.

Flaherty said he recalled that a Maxwell vehicle was reported stolen during his shift and called in the license plate number to a dispatcher, who confirmed the officer had found the stolen truck.

Police found that the driver was Halstead and took him into custody. A shotgun was recovered from the truck's front seat.

On Sunday, investigators said Halstead walked into the Donelson Pike Cigars and Ale in the 500 block of Donelson Pike with a shotgun.

Dressed in camouflage, police said Halstead demanded cash before leaving the store in a pickup truck that was recovered Monday on Little Marrowbone Road in Joelton.

Once in custody, Halstead admitted to the Cigars and Ale robbery and another one that occurred Monday night at Chip's Quik Stop on Whites Creek Pike. In both robberies, the weapon used was a shotgun.

In addition to the robberies and truck theft, Halstead is charged with aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism in connection with a home break-in on Timberway Drive in Donelson on Nov. 29, and felony possession of hydrocodone and cocaine.

Halstead is being held on $415,000 bond.

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