Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Vehicle Fires and Thefts
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of cases where the suspect or suspects steal a vehicle then abandon it and set fire to it and in some cases before setting fire to the vehicle, use it to commit other thefts. Anyone with information is urged to call the KCSO at 215-2243. The incidents are in the city and county and some of the vehicles have been found burned in Sevier County. The first incident was reported April 23 when a pick-up truck was stolen from an address on Chapman Highway and found later that day burned out on Burnett Creek Road.
The most recent was a Ford van stolen from Mount Olive Baptist Church on June 7th. The suspect, wearing a ski mask, was caught on video driving the van to the Thrifty Center on Chapman Highway where he’s seen backing up to the front of the window, then takes a sledge hammer and breaks the window, attaches chains to an ATM machine and then uses the van to drag the machine out of the business. The van was found the next day burned out on Rays Gap Road. The owner of the ATM is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information regarding the theft.
Ten vehicles have been stolen and found either that day or the next day burned. The Tennessee Division of Fire Prevention is also offering a reward through the Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.