COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Four people were caught during a burglary in the Brookstone Subdivision here, and officers found them in a stolen church van.

Putnam County Sheriff deputies were alerted to a burglary after 8:00am Tuesday, thanks to an alert homeowner. Deputies were quickly able to identify and take the four into custody.

23-year-old Michael Flannigan

22-year-old Carmella Nowak

26-year-old Shunton Reed

22-year-old Makayla Bean

When the four were caught, they were found with a white van reported stolen from Praise Cathedral Church of God in Putnam County.

Police say Reed and Flannigan have outstanding felony warrants for their arrest for previous theft and aggravated burglary.

Flannigan, of Cookeville, is charged with auto burglary, along with the previous warrants for his arrest.

Nowak, from Gainesboro, TN, was arrested on felony warrants for theft and aggravated burglary.

Reed, also of Cookeville, is charged with auto burglary, as well as prior warrants for felony theft and aggravated burglary.

Bean, from Cookeville, is charged with auto burglary.

According to the Sheriff’s office, the four have been booked into the Putnam County Jail a combined 42 times.

The Deputies also recovered a number of items that had been previously reported stolen in and around Cookeville city and Putnam County.

The Sheriff is recommending residents inspect their vehicles, outbuildings, and residences, to see if any of their property has been burglarized today. If you believe you may be a victim of theft, contact PCSO Detective Craig Capps at 931-528-8484 extension 3239. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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