House watch program ends in arrest

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Sheriff’s office finds intruder inside residence

MILL SPRING—The Polk County Sheriff’s Office House Watch program proved to be helpful on Sunday as officers discovered an intruder inside a home. 

Tiffany Jackson Cavender was arrested and her vehicle was seized, according to sheriff reports. 

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The House and Business Watch Programs are available while people are not there. 

A sheriff deputy was conducting a house watch Sunday when he discovered a vehicle that should not have been present at a home in Mill Spring. Other deputies and a Columbus Police Officer responded and found Cavender, who has an extensive history of criminal involvement, located inside the residence, according to sheriff reports. After deputies confirmed with the property owner that Cavender was supposed to be there, they placed her under arrest. 

Detectives are now investigating several items located inside the vehicle. 

“This is exactly why we offer our House and Business Watch Programs here at PCSO,” Polk County Sheriff Tim Wright said. “We want our residents and community members to be able to travel or leave their homes for any reason with peace of mind. Our deputies personally meet with home and business owners when these services are set up and they check these homes and businesses whenever possible daily.” 

Wright said because of the deputies’ familiarity with the homes and businesses, they know who and what should be there and who and what should not be there. 

This incident, Wright said, serves as a reminder that the sheriff’s office provides enhanced house and business watch services for people who may be travelling or gone for an extended period of time. 

For more information about the county’s watch programs visit or email