Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
June 2012 Officers of the Month
Officer Anthony Rathbone
Officer Jon Underwood
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has named Officer Anthony Rathbone and Officer Jon Underwood as Officers of the Month for June 2012.
At the beginning of June, Officer Anthony Rathbone responded to an attempted burglary at Town and County Market & Grill. During the investigation, he noted a suspicious Ford Mustang parked near the business. Officer Jon Underwood began canvasing the area and checking other businesses in the area that could be potential targets. During this, dispatch advised officers to be on the lookout for a Dodge Caravan Security Police Van owned by the Department of Energy that was stolen during a burglary at Safe-T Enterprises. While checking a business on Roberts Road, Officer Underwood spotted the stolen van traveling on Roberts Road. Officer Underwood conducted a felony traffic stop and took two suspects into custody. Officer Underwood identified the suspects and relayed their information to fellow officers. Officer Rathbone recognized the name of one suspect as matching that of the Ford Mustang he had spotted earlier near the Town and Country Market & Grill. He secured the Ford Mustang and made contact with the owner of Safe-T Enterprises. Both officers assisted in the ongoing investigation for countless hours after their shift had ended. The suspects were interviewed and confessed to the attempted burglary at the Town and Country Market & Grill, and to the Safe-T Enterprises burglary. The suspects had also loaded up another truck at that location with rescue equipment and other items from a Union County Rescue Squad truck that was at the business. The suspects confessed that they had also stolen a Ford Ranger and had abandoned it on Rutledge Pike. Officer Rathbone recovered the vehicle.
All stolen property and burglary tools used to commit these crimes were recovered. A potential threat to Homeland Security was also thwarted. Officers Rathbone and Underwood’s actions led to the closure of two business burglaries, two vehicle burglaries, and two stolen vehicles.
Officer Rathbone has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since October 2006. Officer Underwood has been with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office since March 1998.