Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
KCSO Arrests Man Responsible for Hundreds of September, October Burglaries
Detectives with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office have worked around the clock since yesterday morning to identify the areas victimized by a man they arrested yesterday morning. The suspect claims he is responsible for 300-400 vehicle burglaries occurring within the last two months. Around 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, dispatchers received a call that someone was passed out in a vehicle on Cedar Park Lane. Rural Metro responded and found him asleep. When KCSO officers arrived, they found that the vehicle had been stolen and was full of stolen property. 24-year-old Aaron Tyler Estes of Knoxville was arrested without incident and charged with three counts of theft and three counts of burglary. He is in the Knox County Detention Facility on a $41,000 bond. Estes has a lengthy criminal history in Knox County that includes unauthorized use of debit/credit card, and multiple burglaries, aggravated burglaries, and thefts.
Estes is thought to be responsible for 300-400 vehicle burglaries and at least one residential burglary occurring within the last two months in Knox County, Knoxville, and surrounding areas. Among the items found in the vehicle at the time of his arrest are cameras, drivers licenses, credit cards, GPS systems, cell phones, a pocket watch, an iPod, prescription medication, knives, a Mini 4 Bar light bar, in addition to house and vehicle keys. Estes admitted to stealing multiple vehicles and sets of car keys with plans to return and steal the remainder of the vehicles. Estes has admitted that he stole four vehicles. Two have been recovered, and detectives are searching for the other two.
KCSO detectives drove Estes around last night until dark while he showed them the areas he had targeted. They took him out again Thursday morning and are currently in the process of having him identify other areas. As of Thursday morning, KCSO detectives have confirmed that 20 of the burglaries occurred in Knox County and two of the burglaries occurred in the city of Knoxville. The subdivisions that have been confirmed to have been hit by Estes include Duncan Glen and Crestwood in West Knox County. Detectives are in the process of contacting property owners as they discover victimized areas not reported to the KCSO.
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