ELIZABETHTON — Two men were arrested by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department recently on charges of aggravated burglary and theft stemming from burglaries allegedly committed April 15. One of the men was already awaiting trial on previous burglary and theft charges.
John Brock Bobo Jr., 18, 197 Flora Dugger Road, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft over $1,000. Justin D. Douglas, 19, 1716 Highway 91, was arrested Thursday on one count of aggravated burglary and one count of burglary, one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of theft over $500.
Lt. Tim Horne said the investigation began when Roy Grindstaff reported that someone had broken into his houses at 1702 and 1704 Highway 91 on April 15. Grindstaff said at the house at 1702 Highway 91, the burglars took a Gibson J200 acoustic guitar valued at $3,000; a free-standing speaker box, valued at $200; and a chainsaw, valued at $90. At the residence at 1704 Highway 91, Grindstaff said the burglars took a new Bosch tablesaw that was still in its shipping box. It was valued at $569. Grindstaff said baseball cards and other sports collectable cards were also stolen with a value of $400.
Acting on information he received from Lt. Penny Cornett and Deputy James Stevens, Horne went to Douglas’ home, where some of the stolen baseball cards were recovered. He said Douglas confessed to the burglaries. Horne then went to John Alfred Loop, where he talked with Bobo. He said Bobo also confessed to participating in the 1702 Highway 91 burglary. Horne said the only stolen item not recovered from that burglary is the speaker.
While interrogating Bobo, Horne said some stolen items were recovered from an April 8 burglary on John Alfred Loop, including an Emerson 42-inch plasma television set and gold jewelry valued at $1,050. Horne said the television was recovered from the person Bobo said had it. Horne said some of the stolen jewelry was recovered from Tennessee Cash 4 Gold.
Bobo had been arrested a week ago on the burglary of an unoccupied house on Liberty Hollow Road.