Goodlettsville vehicle thefts on the rise compared to last year

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Kristina Ward never thought she would become a victim of vehicle theft, but now that the crime is on the rise in Goodlettsville, it could mean more people are at risk.

According to statistics from the City of Goodlettsville, Ward’s car was the 12th stolen in 2024, compared to the nine that were stolen by March 11, 2023.

Ward told News 2 she went to do some shopping at the BJ’s Wholesale Club on Rivergate Parkway around 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, taking her car keys inside with her. When she came back outside, her Ford F-150 was gone.

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“I thought maybe I had just parked somewhere opposite of where I thought I parked, but after walking around the parking lot a few times, I didn’t see my truck, so I went in and I got management, and they came out and my truck was not there,” Ward recalled.

Ward’s truck was reportedly stolen just minutes after she had parked, along with all her valuables inside, including her work bag and badge, her favorite perfume, two watches, and her gun.

“It didn’t really hit me until the next day, though, when I had to go get a rental car and call out of work, of just how much stuff that I had in my vehicle, all the important stuff, and just the magnitude of what I felt violated,” she explained.

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On Thursday, March 14, Ward received a call from the Goodlettsville Police Department, informing her the truck was recovered at a Metro Nashville impound lot, but she would need to wait for officers to finish processing it before she could pick it up.

Now, Ward just hopes her truck is still in one piece.

“I felt violated, overwhelmed, and now just sad. I just feel sad that somebody had to do that,” Ward said. “I don’t understand why, but all I can do now is just pray for them and pray that whatever happens out of the situation that good can come out of it.”

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