October 25, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burglary ring cracked; four people in custody
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said seventeen residential burglaries in Blount County were solved and the four people responsible for the burglaries are in custody. The arrests were as a result of a nearly month long joint investigation that included the Sheriff's Office, the Maryville and Alcoa police departments, and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
The following individuals were charged:
" Jeremy Lee Click, 27, Cold Springs Road, Walland. Click is charged with ten counts of aggravated burglary. Click is being held on bonds totaling $50,000 pending hearings in Blount County General Sessions Court at 1:30 p.m. October 30th and 9 a.m. November 5th.
" Stephen Jefferson Davis, 26, Loudon Avenue, Maryville. Davis is charged with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft of property. Davis is being held on bonds totaling $3,500 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. October 28th.
" Vanessa Leeann Hannah, 26, Cold Springs Road, Walland. Hannah is charged with one count of theft of property. She is being held on a $2,500 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. November 5th.
" Heaven Kindle Jenkins, 22, Loudon Avenue, Maryville. Jenkins is charged with two counts of theft of property, as well as a misdemeanor violation of probation. Jenkins is being held on bonds totaling $2,000 on the theft charges, and a "hold without bond" on the violation of probation charge.
The investigation began several weeks ago after a Maryville Police detective received information linking these four individuals to seventeen burglaries in the cities of Alcoa and Maryville, as well as in Blount County. Detectives from all four agencies worked together to develop further leads on other burglaries. Click and Hannah were taken into custody October 19th, and Davis and Jenkins were arrested October 20th. Based on the information obtained through the Blount County investigation, Knox County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for a residence on Neubert Springs Road in south Knox County, and with the assistance from detectives with the Blount County Sheriff's Office and the
Maryville Police Department they executed the search warrant Thursday evening. Additional charges from the agencies involved could be forthcoming, and the investigation is continuing.
The burglaries all took place in the last two to three months. The suspects targeted jewelry and firearms. Detectives have recovered some of the stolen jewelry and one firearm at pawn shops and jewelry stores in Blount and Knox counties.
"The spirit of cooperation among the four agencies involved in this investigation was the key to cracking this burglary ring," Sheriff Berrong said. "Teamwork among law enforcement agencies, inside of your county as well as surrounding counties, is so vital to day-to-day operations. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this case."
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