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Metro police arrest man suspected in squad car burglaries

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Detectives with Metro Police have arrested the man suspected in burglarizing multiple police vehicles, stealing weapons and other items early last week.

Officers stopped a speeding pickup truck on Briley Parkway near Centennial Boulevard on Saturday evening.

Edward L. Luna, 22, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was taken into custody.

Police said Luna was being sought on warrants charging him with breaking into three automobiles, one of them a police car, and is also a suspect in the burglaries of other law enforcement vehicles in the Nashville area.

According to a police report, Luna, who was not carrying any identification Saturday night, was asked his name at the scene of the traffic stop.

Luna reply to the officer, "You know me, I'm all over the news. I'm the one who broke into all the police cars and stole the guns."

Police said Luna refused to be interviewed by detectives after arriving at the West Precinct.

In the vehicle, police found two semi-automatic pistols, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and magazines for the guns.

One of the guns was confirmed stolen.

Luna is also being charged with felony theft and unlawful gun possession.

Luna is being held at the Metro Jail in lieu of $91,000 bond.

Police also arrested the driver of the car, 17-year-old Austin Dodd.

Police said Dodd had escaped from state custody and believe he may have been with Luna when the burglaries occurred.

Dodd has denied any involvement in the burglaries.

Dodd was taken to juvenile detention and booked on the escape charge.

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