ELIZABETHTON — The clues were pretty obvious in a Saturday morning theft of power equipment and the solving of that case led to the solving of an even larger theft of equipment a few weeks ago.
On Saturday, Joseph Campbell told Lt. Forrest Sharpe of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that someone had stolen a riding lawn mower from his porch at 1250 Dry Creek Road. Also stolen was a push mower, a Weedeater, an ornamental lawn plow, a ladder and various lawn ornaments.
Sgt. Tim Horne of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said lawn mower tire tracks were observed in the dew leading from 1250 Dry Creek Road to the basement of a house directly beside the residence at 1240 Dry Creek Road. The owner of the residence at 1240 Dry Creek gave permission for the officers to search the basement.
All of the stolen items from 1250 Dry Creek Road were found in the basement, police said. Michael Brummitt, 41, 141 Brummitt Lane, was found at the residence and was taken to the sheriff’s department for questioning.
Horne said Brummitt confessed to taking the equipment from 1250 Dry Creek Road and also confessed to a theft at 2034 Gap Creek Road, which was being refurbished. The stolen items included a floor sander, edger, buffer, air compressor, assorted sand paper, Electrolux Tradesmen table saw, Bosch air compressor, Delta compound miter saw, a 50-foot long extension cord, a 50-foot long air hose, a vacuum cleaner, pressure washer and other items.
Brummitt was charged with theft over $10,000; theft over $500 and burglary.