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County constable accused of taking bike from car

June 11th, 2013 5:03 pm by Kayla Carter

County constable accused of taking bike from car


Earlier in the month, a grand jury indicted a Washington County constable on two felony charges — auto burglary and theft over $1,000.


Joshua Layne Burleson has been serving as county constable since August and also works for the county Highway Department. 


According to the presentment, Burleson is accused of entering a vehicle without the owner’s consent and removing a Santa Cruz Blurr bicycle in early September. 


District Attorney General Tony Clark said the bike is valued at around $4,000 and was reported stolen by a Jonesborough resident.


“This bicycle was found at a pawn shop in Johnson City,” Clark said. 


Burleson signed a paper at the pawn shop stating he was the legal owner of the bike and has not admitted to stealing the bike, Clark said.


“He said he found it somewhere else, I think in Gray, and after some time pawned the bike,” Clark said.


After being served the presentment, Clark said Burleson turned himself in to the Washington County Detention Center and made $10,000 bail. “These are allegations,” Clark said. “We have not proven anything.”


Burleson is set to appear for an arraignment on July 22 at 9 a.m.


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