Lamar Alexander's home targeted in 'random' burglary, police say

10:09 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
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By Nicole Young / The Tennessean

Detectives spent a little more than two hours Tuesday evening at U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's west Nashville home investigating a burglary they believe was a "random" crime.

According to police spokesman Don Aaron, the senator was in Washington D.C. at the time of the incident.

His wife, Honey, called police to her house just before 4 p.m., Aaron said.

"Mrs. Alexander left home at about 10:45 this morning and returned at about 1:30 this afternoon," he said. "She did not immediately detect that anything was amiss and went about her routine. After more than an hour, she discovered the rear door was ajar and saw that it appeared to have been forced open."

After a search of her house, Alexander discovered that several items were missing, including a leather jewelry box in the shape of a pirate's treasure chest measuring about 8 by 10 inches in size containing jewelry. Also missing were numerous pieces of silver plated flatware, perhaps as many as 75, in a protected bag and a 4-piece silver plated coffee tea service, Aaron said.

"There was no indication to the police department presently that home was targeted because of who lives there, but rather because the crime of opportunity presented itself," Aaron said. "It was likely that the burglar or burglars saw no activity around the front of the house, and there were delivery boxes at the rear, which is indicative to a burglar that no one is home ... It is not believed that the burglar or burglars spent a lot of time in the house. It appears they were specifically looking for silver items and jewelry."

Aaron said Mrs. Alexander is home tonight with her adult children.

The police department processed her home for fingerprints and other evidence, but Aaron did not disclose what they uncovered there.

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