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City man faces 210 counts of burglary

Jennifer Sprouse • Mar 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Johnson City police say a man cut through the walls of multiple storage units in the area obtaining various items such as jewelry, tools and electronics.

Joey Edward Holmes, 28, was charged with 210 counts of burglary Thursday after he was located by police following an anonymous tip from a caller.

“The information that we got seemed like pretty good information,” said Investigator Michael Barron of the Johnson City Police Department. “We started yesterday, first thing, when we came in, and ended up finding some jewelry sales and gold transactions ... that had been recurring for quite some time that was going along with the suspect.”

Barron said the investigations into the burglaries began around four months ago when reports came in about someone entering storage facilities in the west and south areas of Johnson City by way of cutting into the units’ walls.

“They would end up making entry into ... one of the individual units, but then they would cut through the walls ... to all of the adjacent units,” Barron said. “We knew pretty much from the first one that we had a problem because ... it was something that we hadn’t really seen before.”

Barron said the facilities reportedly burglarized were South Roan Self Storage, Smith Wholesale, Wide Open Space Storage, Ideal Storage, Roy’s Moving and Storage and 11-E Mini-Storage.

“We’ve had these types of facilities broken into before, but not on this scale and ... not consistently from location to location the same way each time,” Barron said.

He said that most of the burglaries happened at night.

“We still do have an open investigation and there are still some other charges pending,” Barron said. “So, it’s something we are going to be working on probably for several days after today, and maybe next several weeks.”

Barron said Holmes was found at the Johnson Inn at 2700 W. Market St. and was charged with 210 counts of burglary and one count of theft of property over $60,000.

He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center and held on $100,000 bond. Holmes was scheduled for arraignment Friday in Sessions Court.

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