car theft suspects

Traffic violations lead to recovery of 2 stolen vehicles in 6 days

According to Washington County TN Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Investigators with the Washington County Sheriff's Office Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a 1996 Oldsmobile, yesterday, after witnessing a traffic violation. The stop occurred on Taylor Bridge Road in Jonesborough.

The driver, a 15 year old juvenile, exited the vehicle and ran on foot leaving his 13 year old, work glove wearing, accomplice sitting in the vehicle. A records check revealed both juveniles were reported as runaways from a State Home in Greeneville, TN.

A check of the vehicle revealed it had been stolen from the Camp Creek area of Greeneville and that the owner had not realized it was missing until Washington County deputies contacted them following the stop. The juvenile driver was picked up a short time later at the Lamar Washington County EMS station.

On the 11th of May the Washington County Criminal Interdiction Unit attempted to stop a 2006 Dodge Stratus near the intersection of Highway 81 south and Highway 107. The vehicle fled and was found abandoned on A.J. Willis road in Jonesborough. A records check revealed the vehicle had been stolen from Johnson City.

Inside the Stratus Interdiction Investigators discovered electronics, camping gear, tools, fishing tackle, all of which had been stolen from Johnson City, Jonesborough, Washington County areas. The items inside the vehicle were returned to victims from 6 different burglary/ theft incidents through Washington County/ Jonesborough/ Johnson City area.

Investigators are looking for a person of interest in this incident: Andy Jones; age 38; formerly of 140 Tittle Circle in Jonesborough; Jones is also wanted for 3 outstanding warrants: 1 Felony and 2 for Failure to Appear.

Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 423-788-1414, where your name can be kept confidential.

These investigations are ongoing with more charges pending. May 18, 2012


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