Travis Lynn Brown
ELIZABETHTON — Several items stolen in recent burglaries in the Stoney Creek area, including several fishing rods and large flat screen televisions, were recovered and a man was arrested Thursday. The burglaries were all reported in the past few days.
Travis Lynn Brown, 34, 125 Meadowbrook Private Drive, was charged with three counts of burglary; one count of theft over $5,000; one count of theft over $1,000; one county of theft under $500; one count of theft of property; vandalism over $500 and a quarantine violation.
The first of the complaints against Brown came Tuesday, when witnesses said he had entered a house at 813 Highway 91 that had been quarantined because of methamphetamine manufacturing. He was charged with stealing a Chevrolet Blazer belonging to Mark Blevins and carrying a box from the residence that reportedly contained several electronic gaming systems and games.
Brown also became a suspect in the burglary over the past weekend of an outbuilding at 875 Highway 91 where fishing rods, a tree stand, a compound bow and a bicycle were stolen. The total value of the stolen items was estimated to be $2,800. Lt. Mike Little of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Brown was attempting to sell fishing and hunting equipment. Little went to Brown’s residence, and reported finding him hiding in the bathroom.
Little said Brown confessed to breaking into the outbuilding and taking six fishing rods and the bicycle, but denied taking anything else. He said he pawned five of the rods and the bicycle. One of Brown’s neighbors told Little that Brown had given him a fishing rod.
During the investigation, Little said he learned that a Stihl gasoline-powered hedge trimmer was also part of the collateral in the pawn. Little then questioned Brown about the trimmer. He said Brown admitted to stealing it from 833 Highway 91. Little made contact with the resident, who did not know the trimmer was stolen, but when he checked, he found it was gone.
Little said he also received consent from Brown to search his residence. Little said he found a 32-inch LG flat-screen television in his bedroom. Shortly after booking Brown into jail, Little received a complaint of a burglary on Chambers Drive and in which numerous items were stolen, including a 32-inch LG flat-screen television and a larger Sony flat-screen television.
Little asked Brown about the television in his bedroom and said Brown admitted to the Chambers Drive burglary. Brown said the other television was at a residence on Roy Bowers Road and the television was recovered there.
In addition to the televisions, Little said the burglar alarm had been destroyed and several other items were stolen. These included several pieces of jewelry, electronic equipment and tools.
Brown is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on July 9.