Carter man sentenced on robbery, burglary, theft charges

John Thompson • Apr 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Caleb Reed, 22, 116 Buckles Road, entered a guilty plea in Carter County Criminal Court on Tuesday on robbery, burglary and theft over $1,000 charges. Judge Lynn Brown sentenced Reed to a total of seven years in the Alternative Community Corrections Program. He must serve 11 months in jail prior to his release to the community corrections program.

The burglary and theft charges stem from the April 6-7, 2011, burglary of Jerry Weaver’s store at 1582 Blue Springs Road. Weaver said approximately 170 packs of various brands of cigarettes and a wooden display case that contained $600 worth of Case, Schrade and Old Timer knives was taken.

The robbery took place on April 7, 2011. The victim, Heather Rhea Hopson, told Carter County deputies her car had run out of gas at the PSG parking lot, 1625 Broad St. Extension. She walked to the nearby Sunoco convenience store.

When she arrived at the store, Hopson said she was approached by a woman who offered her a ride back to her stranded vehicle. Hopson said another woman and two men were with her.

When they arrived back at her car, one of the men offered to pour in the gas. After pouring the fuel, he asked Hopson to get in her car and attempt to start it. When she entered her car, she noticed the man approach the passenger side door, open the door and take her purse.

She chased the man and jumped on the hood of their car. She said the driver attempted to knock her off by speeding up and slamming on the brakes. She said one of the men finally grabbed her and threw her off the hood.

Hopson said the purse contained a Kodak digital camera, valued at $150, her checkbook, an MP3 player and other items.

Brown sentenced Reed to three years’ community corrections on the robbery conviction, to run consecutively with two sentences of two years each on the burglary and theft convictions.

The sentences are also to run consecutively to an April 20, 2011, conviction in Sessions Court on an escape from the Carter County Jail. Judge John Walton sentenced Reed, to serve 11 months and 29 days probation with Crossroads in that case.

The sentence was for an April 18, 2011, escape from the jail in which Sheriff Chris Mathes said Reed faked having a seizure. When he was being moved from the temporary jail pods to the clinic in the main jail, Mathes said Reed faked having to vomit. When the jailer moved to avoid being hit by the vomit, Mathes said Reed jumped up and ran away. He was recaptured the next day.

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