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Numerous burglaries solved after routine traffic stop

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Sidney Wayne Crutchfield and Barbara Anne Willis Sidney Wayne Crutchfield and Barbara Anne Willis
ASHLAND CITY, TN (WSMV) -

Cheatham County deputies were on high alert after a number of burglaries were reported on the county's south side last Friday. 

Deputies spotted a car in the area with a man and a woman inside. When they made a routine traffic stop, they noticed the back seat was ripped apart. It was an important clue for investigator Jeff Landis.

"I walked up to the car, and I noticed the back seat was pulled apart. That told me, as an investigator, that a lot of stuff was shoved into the truck from the back seat," said Landis.

The two people inside the car, Sidney Wayne Crutchfield and Barbara Anne Willis, were on probation for a number of burglaries in Dickson and Nashville. In the truck and back seat of the car, investigators reportedly found gold, jewelry, valuable coins, electronics and a cache of powerful, high-end weapons that were allegedly stolen from a previous burglary that day.

"They weren't short-range weapons, these were long-range weapons. If they knew how to use them, it would be a problem for us," said Landis.

Beside the drivers seat Crutchfield had a loaded gun.

"It was a .22 magnum," said Landis.

Landis told Channel 4 News Crutchfield and Willis were pros who knew exactly what they were looking for. 

"They spent no more than 10 minutes in a home. They didn't rummage through a lot of rooms. They got what they wanted and made a quick getaway," said Landis.

 Both Crutchfield and Willis are scheduled for hearings in Cheatham County general sessions court May 8.   

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