Kingsport man indicted in local burglaries

Becky Campbell • Sep 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

A Kingsport man was indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury on multiple counts of auto burglary and theft.

In two separate indictments, Bannan Harley Myers, 18, 2846 Ashley St., Kingsport, is charged with 12 counts of burglary of a vehicle, 10 counts of theft under $500, two counts of theft over $500 and one count of theft over $1,000.

The charges stem from a string of auto burglaries in the neighborhoods adjacent to Freedom Hall and the Science Hill High School campus.

Johnson City police first encountered Myers in reference to a stolen vehicle he was driving. During that investigation, officers found a large number of items inside the stolen vehicle they suspected was also stolen.

Several witnesses who talked to police said Myers was being involved in auto burglaries between June 4 and June 6. The burglaries occurred on Hillcrest Drive, Peachtree Street, Guaranda Drive, West Maple Street, Skyline Drive, Redstone Road, Clark Street, Taylor Ridge Court and High Street.

Myers will be arraigned on the charges later this month.

In another case, the grand jury re-indicted a woman who faced a theft over $60,000 charge and now is charged with 20 counts of forgery.

Penny Freeman, 48, 110 Dayton Hayes Circle, Elizabethton, is accused of writing checks on a business account where she worked as the bookkeeper.

Police said Freeman worked at Baird Machine Co., 401 N. Broadway St., between 2009 and 2010 when the money was funneled from the business to her personal account.

Freeman is accused of writing checks to herself and signing the owner’s name to the checks. When the company’s bank statement arrived in the mail, police said Freeman removed the cashed checks so they wouldn’t be found.

Freeman allegedly took more than $221,000 from the company.

The original charge against Freeman is more serious, a Class C felony, but with the forgery charge officials can charge her each time she signed the owner’s name.

Forgery is a Class E felony and carries one to two years in prison on each count. Theft over $60,000 carries three to six years in prison.

Freeman will be arraigned on the new charges later this month.

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