ELIZABETHTON — Car burglaries are often difficult crimes to solve, but the Elizabethton Police Department was able to make a quick arrest recently when the suspect allegedly used credit cards taken from the burglaries to make a couple of purchases just a few miles and a few hours from the scene of the crime.
Joshua Carriger Oliver, 19, 1615 Burgie St., was arrested by Officer Ryan Brackett on one count of possession of stolen property and two counts of illegal possession/ fraudulent use of a credit card. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on Sept. 26.
Brackett’s investigation began when he was called to 213 Parkway Blvd., on reports of burglaries of vehicles belonging to Summer Hughes and Albert Williams sometime between 4-7 a.m. Friday. During his investigation, Brackett learned that a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles had been used at the Holiday Market, 2226 W. G St.
Brackett said the card had been used at 7:47 a.m. Friday to make purchases of $54.33 and $3.29. A store surveillance camera recorded the transaction and the receipt was signed by Joshua Oliver.
When Oliver was questioned, Brackett said a Best Buy credit card taken from the car burglary was found in Oliver’s possession.