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Carter woman out on work release accused of burglary

December 2nd, 2013 8:56 pm by John Thompson

Carter woman out on work release accused of burglary


ELIZABETHTON — A woman had a lot of things to get done before turning herself in at the Carter County Detention Center to serve a probation violation sentence. Her list included collecting her sweater from a next door neighbor. Investigators said that included breaking into the neighbor’s residence and stealing a long list of items with a total value of more than $2,000.


Capt. Mike Little of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said it happened Nov. 20, when a witness told deputies that Jennifer Oliver, 149 Mill Pond Road, Lot 4, had crawled through a window of the residence of Loretta Howington at 149 Mill Pond Road, Lot 3, and carried possessions out. The witness told investigators Oliver made the statement “she was going to get what was hers and more.”


Howington told Lt. Kenny Cornett that Oliver was her next-door neighbor. Cornett entered Howington’s residence and found it had been ransacked and “a lot of property missing.”


Howington said the stolen items included about $500 in clothes, shoes, dishes, pots and pans, cosmetics, pictures, jewelry, a blue glass canister set, tools, towels and wash cloths, storage containers, Christmas ornaments, a grilling set, pocket knives, DVD players, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, pictures, hats, a big vase with flowers and several other items.


Cornett said he soon found out that Oliver was in the process of moving to 1214 Thomas Blvd. He then went to the residence, where he found Oliver inside. 


Cornett asked Oliver what she had been doing on the morning of Nov. 20. He said Oliver told him she crawled through the window of her neighbor’s residence at the request of the landlord because he couldn’t get the door unlocked. Cornett said he “caught Jennifer in several lies.”


After obtaining a consent to search, Cornett said he noticed a vase with a plant that matched Howington’s description. He then noticed several plastic storage containers containing clothing that also matched Howington’s description, as well as the blue glass canister set. 


Howington was then permitted to come to the residence to retrieve her property. When she arrived, Cornett said she found numerous other items that belonged to her.


Little said the case is still under investigation and Oliver is being charged with aggravated burglary.


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