Suspects steal thousands of dollars worth of items from Soddy-Daisy home

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Soddy-Daisy home burglary victim is sharing his story, so it won’t happen to anyone else.

When Brady Vaughn’s family recently got back from vacation, they realized someone went through the window and burglarized their home.

“I stuck my head around the corner and I immediately knew we had been hit because I could see that there were drawers pulled out, stuff laying in the floor,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn believes one of the reasons he was targeted is because he posted photos of his family on vacation on Facebook.

Investigators say the suspects got away with more than $56,000 worth of items including an Xbox, TVs and jewelry.

After the incident, Vaughn monitored sales sites and saw his girlfriend’s camera case. He then told detectives.

“That led them to the seller of the product which is actually not who stole it supposedly,” he said.

Investigators arrested Michael Leming and charged him with aggravated burglary last week. Vaughn says there are other suspects in the case who are in the process of being charged, including his nephew. David Vaughn was arrested on Monday and is accused of violating his probation. He faces several charges including aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. Detectives recovered $10,000 worth of items, but Brady Vaughn says most of it was damaged.

He says this experience has been traumatic for his son.

“The hardest part of all of this is watching my son go through it. The first week it happened he wouldn’t sleep in his room, he was scared to death,” he said.

Vaughn has advice, so this won’t happen to anyone else.

“Don’t post your pictures on Facebook. It is something everybody does. What I suggest is take all of the pictures you want, have a good time with your family, when you get back home sitting in the comfort of your own home, post those pictures,” Vaughn said.

He also installed a home security system and will have cameras going up this weekend.

Leming is expected to be in court on October 8.

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