A Morristown man was charged Tuesday with allegedly stealing $36,800 in property from two Hamblen County businesses, a Hamblen County man and other various theft charges.
According to detectives with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office and Morristown Police Department, Ashley Dane Rickard, 36, of Cedarwood Lane, went on a burglary spree in the last three months resulting in cutting off and removing catalytic converters from EMG Motors and Transmissions R’ Us, on East Andrew Johnson Highway in Russellville.
Beginning on Oct. 4, Rickard went to EMG Motors and allegedly took seven catalytic converters off seven vehicles in the lot, according to Detective Sgt. George Sauceman, of the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office. Value of the catalytic converters were $4,500.
On Oct. 13, Rickard allegedly stole a 5-foot by 10-foot trailer from Glen Morgan, then sold the trailer for $300. The person who Rickard sold the trailer to stated that the trailer was purchased around the first of October from Rickard. Detective Sgt. Jim Brooks, of the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, said that the trailer, valued at $1,500, was recovered.
A month later, on Nov. 13, Rickard went to a Price Drive residence as part of his maintenance job, according to Det. Ricky Sanders of the Morristown Police Department. Rickard allegedly took two rings from the residence, then took them to Money Man Pawn Shop. The rings were placed on hold at the shop where they were identified by the victim who paid $107.36 to get the rings back.
His biggest alleged theft came on Nov. 19, when Rickard went to Transmissions R’ Us and allegedly cut 50 catalytic converters off vehicles in the lot without the owner’s consent. Value of the catalytic converters was $30,000.
Finally, on Dec. 18, Rickard returned to Transmissions R’ Us and allegedly cut four catalytic converters off vehicles. Value of the catalytic converters were $800, according to Det. Sgt. David Stapleton of the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office.
The catalytic converters were sold by Rickard at an undisclosed location. Rickard did admit to the thefts. He is being held in the Hamblen County Jail.