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Employee allegedly takes, wrecks car from dealership

Staff Reports • Jan 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

An employee of a city car dealership was arrested Monday on theft charges after he allegedly stole and wrecked a car belonging to the dealership, according to Johnson City police.

Uriah S. Booher, 29, 138 Milligan Highway, Elizabethton, was charged with theft of property.

Police said Corey Burgdorf, 40, general manager of Tri-Cities Nissan, 3602 Bristol Highway, was contacted by the Carter County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta belonging to the dealership that had crashed in front of Sterling Hills Apartments at 138 Milligan Highway early Monday morning.

The CCSO told Burgdorf they found Booher’s work badge hanging from the rearview mirror.

When questioned by police, Booher reportedly admitted to taking the car without permission.

According to the police report, Booher said he needed a ride home after work, so he took the car to the apartment complex where he was staying. During the night, the car rolled down the hill, hit a fence and got stuck in the mud. Booher was unable to get the car out himself, but told police he was waiting on a friend to help him pull it out.

Booher was being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond pending an appearance in Sessions Court.

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