33-year-old Michael Pruitte was charged with prohibited weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and theft of property concerned two incidents, one in which he was found to be in possession of stolen property and another where he was found with a sawed-off shotgun he is prohibited from possessing.
On June 3rd, Lebanon Police Detective Justin Sandefur was called to the Travel Inn located at 1065 Franklin Road to investigate the burglary of a room occupied by Chesney Kellow. According to an affidavit, the detective met with Michael Pruitte who was walking around the property and toting a shotgun. Pruitte told the officer he was staying in 108 and consented to the room being searched. Detective Sandefur searched the room, as well as a van Pruitte had traveled in. He discovered a Dremel tool and watertight box that had been stolen from Kellow.
On June 7th, Field Training Officer Brent Eicholtz responded to a call at the same location about a man with a weapon. FTO Eicholtz met with Detective Sandefur and as they were exchanging briefs, Pruitte ran completely around the building. When Det. Sandefur investigated Pruitte’s original position he found a sawed-off shotgun lying on the ground. The weapon’s serial number and identifying information had been removed by something such as the above mentioned Dremel tool.
Pruitte was convicted of robbery in Wilson County in September of 2006, he is considered a violent felon and is prohibited from possessing the gun.
Michael Pruitte was arrested and charged with prohibited weapon, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and theft of property. He was later released on his own recognizance.