OCTOBER 9, 2019


MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said investigators charged a 16-year-old male on four felony warrants Wednesday, including two warrants for theft of a motor vehicle.

The juvenile, who resides in Knoxville, is currently in the Blount County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a hearing in Blount County Juvenile Court scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. The juvenile is charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle by delinquent and two counts of burglary of a vehicle by delinquent. He is also charged with misdemeanor evading arrest by delinquent.

Wednesday, investigators with BCSO Criminal Investigations received information that the juvenile, who was a suspect in some vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area, was at a residence in the area of Daisy Estates Mobile Home Park in the Pea Ridge/Temple Road area. After deputies made contact with the juvenile on Daisy Circle, he became nervous and fled on foot. Deputies searched the area for more than two hours before they located him in a field near Pea Ridge Road. During this time, deputies also learned that the juvenile had been reported missing out of Knoxville by a family member approximately two weeks ago. Throughout the investigation, investigators were able to discern that over the course of the past week, the juvenile had stolen a 2007 Jeep Limited from a residence on Green Road as well as a 2001 Ford F 250 pick-up truck from a residence on Pea Ridge Road. Both vehicles were recovered Sunday in the area of Pea Ridge Road, but both vehicles were damaged. The juvenile is also charged with the theft of a Glock 27 handgun from a vehicle at a residence on Pea Ridge Road. In the other case of burglary of a vehicle, the juvenile attempted to steal a vehicle from a driveway, but abandoned it in the driveway.

The juvenile is also on probation in Knox County.He was reported missing approximately two weeks ago in Knoxville close to the same time that he removed his ankle bracelet monitor.

The investigation is continuing, and additional charges could be forthcoming.