Man charged with stealing from elder Haslam's home

Associated Press • Jul 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

KNOXVILLE — Authorities say a South Carolina man has been charged with stealing cash and jewelry from the home of Jim Haslam, father of Gov. Bill Haslam and founder of the company that is now Pilot Flying J.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that 30-year-old Joshua Ryan Vandeventer is jailed on charges of aggravated burglary, theft of $60,000 or more and theft of $500 or less.

An arrest warrant says Vandeventer pried open a drawer in the home of Jim and Natalie Haslam on March 20 and stole $72,735 in jewelry, plus $1,000 in cash.

The warrant says Vandeventer, of Greenville, S.C., was employed by the Haslams but was fired April 29 after allegedly being videotaped breaking into a drawer.

The Associated Press couldn't determine Saturday if Vandeventer has a lawyer.

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