ELIZABETHTON — A man who was arrested last week on three Stoney Creek area burglary charges has been charged with two more and police said he confessed to committing the crimes because "he enjoyed stealing."
Following additional questioning last Friday, Travis Lynn Brown was charged with a year-old theft of gardening equipment and with another burglary last week. He was also charged with vandalism over $500 for the damage he allegedly caused during the burglary.
Brown was also in Sessions Court on Friday on 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. Judge John Walton ordered a $2,000 corporate bond and set Brown's next court date for Aug. 23. Brown is scheduled to answer the latest charges in Sessions Court on July 9.
Lt. Mike Little of the Carter County Sheriff's Department said the latest charges were a result of another interview session he held with Brown on Friday. The interview came after Little had recovered video game systems and equipment on Thursday. Little said Brown admitted to taking the items and causing damage to the home in Blue Springs during the burglary.
Little said Brown also confessed to a May 2012 burglary in which two RedMax hedge trimmers and a Husqvarna leaf blower were stolen from a utility trailer at a residence on the Stoney Creek Highway.
Little said Brown had originally said he committed the thefts in order to support a drug habit but on Friday Little said Brown told him "he steals because he enjoys 'getting away with it'" and described himslef as a "kleptomaniac."
Little said Brown told him he stole almost constantly "because he enjoyed stealing," and has committed numerous burglaries and thefts in recent years, but declined to give details.