September 26, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two people in custody in connection with multiple car burglaries after filing a false police report
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said two people are charged with burglary in connection with a string of car burglaries in the East Broadway area.
Jacob Dominick Woolford, 20, Williams Mill Road, is charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle, criminal responsibility for the conduct of another, fraudulent use of a credit card, and violation of probation. He is being held on bonds totaling $8,500. Kayla Renee Malone, 19, Williams Mill Road, Rockford, was charged with burglary of a vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card, harassment, and filing a false police report. She is being held on bonds totaling $6,750. Woolford and Malone will face their charges in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. September 30th.
Deputies with the Blount County Sheriff's Office were able to locate the suspects after they made two separate 911 calls in the early morning hours of September 21st, stating that a car had gone into the Little River near Coulter's Bridge on Ellejoy Road. Several emergency services personnel responded to the scene, and when no vehicle was found in the river, deputies were able to track down the cell phone number to Malone. She was taken into custody at her residence.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that Woolford was also in on the false report, and he was taken into custody as well. Deputies interviewed Woolford and Malone, and they confessed to breaking into as many as 50 unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods in the East Broadway area, and in one case, a garage. Some of the items stolen include credit cards, which they two suspects used, military uniforms, loose change, household items, and several drivers' licenses and other forms of identification. The Sheriff's Office is working closely with the District Attorney General's office, and additional charges could be forthcoming against both individuals.
Deputies recovered many of the IDs as well as the military uniforms. The Sheriff's Office is attempting to get restitution for the rest of the people victimized by Malone and Woolford.
"This is excellent police work, and I am very happy these two individuals were finally stopped," Sheriff Berrong said. "I am really proud of the deputies who solved this string of car burglaries, and I am thankful for the technology available to law enforcement to help solve crimes."
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