HCSD breaks up burglary ring
Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department Detectives have arrested and charged five juveniles and two adults in a string of home invasions.
Each of the seven suspects has been charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.
Hamblen County Detective Sergeants Jim Brooks, George Sauceman and Jimmy Mullins were able to close a total of six cases in connection with the theft ring.
Efrain Pascual Alonzo, 20, of Talbott, has been charged three counts of aggravated burglary and one count of theft more than $1,000. He is currently being held on a $75,000 bond.
Jeffery Cheyenne Lowe, 18, of Morristown, was charged with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft more than $1,000. Lowe is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.
Both suspects are currently being held in the Hamblen County Jail.
The suspects began their spree in July of 2013, stealing jewelry, TVs and weapons from multiple homes across Hamblen County.
On July 2, 2013, Lowe and Alonso allegedly entered a residence on Old Kentucky Road and took $3,480 worth of property and Lowe later pawned the items at Three Way Pawn Shop.
Around the same date, Alonso entered a property on Lakeview Drive and allegedly took a PlayStation 3, controller and games, valued at $800, and sold the items.
Details into the other burglaries were not available Saturday evening.
It is believed they are also linked to robberies in Grainger County. Grainger County had a witness to a recent burglary and the juvenile suspects were identified from that incident.
The names and charges of the five juveniles were not released.
In an apparently unrelated case, two more 18-year-olds were also arrested for burglary and theft charges Friday by the HCSD.
Juan Carlos Velasquez, of Price Drive, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property stemming from a Dec. 30, 2013 incident.
Velasquez allegedly entered a residence on Bethesda Road and took unidentified property, totaling $2,014.
William James Taylor, of West 7th North Street was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and one count of theft more than $1,000.
Details into his charges were not immediately available.
- By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer