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Serial Burglary Suspect Admits to Eleven West Nashville Residential Burglaries

4/22/2013

April 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Following several weeks of investigation by West Precinct officers and detectives, convicted burglar Matthew Vitalis, 26, has admitted to eleven West Nashville residential break-ins beginning in early March on Pennywell Drive, Russleo Drive, Davidson Drive, Cross Creek Road, Park Lane, Castleman Drive, Lindawood Drive, Wallace Lane and three on Trimble Road.
          
Vitalis, who had been staying at the Comfort Inn on White Bridge Place, became a person of interest after officers recovered a backpack that Vitalis left behind at the March 29th Davidson Drive home.  Vitalis was arrested last week on two outstanding probation violations.  While he was in jail, officers received confirmation that a fingerprint lifted from the April 5th Pennywell Drive break-in belonged to Vitalis.  During subsequent interviews, Vitalis admitted to the eleven burglaries saying he broke into the homes, primarily through windows, to support a drug habit.  
          
Vitalis, who remains jailed, was charged Thursday with the Pennywell Drive burglary.  Warrants charging Vitalis with the remaining ten break-ins were issued against him this morning.      
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Matthew Vitalis, 26