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Two charged in dozens of vehicle burglaries

October 10th, 2011 9:58 pm by Becky Campbell

If your vehicle has been broken into over the last few months, chances are the culprit was two men now jailed for dozens of similar crimes.
Vance E. Light, aka Tanner, 18, 303 Village Drive, Johnson City, was charged last week with 27 counts of auto burglary based on offenses he told a police investigator he committed.
After police linked recovered property to other auto burglaries, Light was charged Friday with an additional 25 counts — making a total of 52 cases against him.
Light was arraigned on the additional counts of auto burglary on Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.
He had remained jailed from the first 27 counts after being unable to post bond, which was eventually reduced from $100,000 to $5,000.
He’s now being held on $100,000 bond on the new charges.
Another man, Brent Roark, 18, of Johnson City, was also charged with Light in the first warrant involving 27 counts, Investigator Joe Harrah said.
Roark is free on a $5,000 bond and has already bound the 27 counts over to a grand jury.
There were apparently no boundaries to the burglaries.
“It’s basically all over Johnson City,” Harrah said.
During the first investigation, Harrah said he would show addresses, dates and property taken for a particular burglary and Light was confirm or deny he was involved.
The newest set of charges were based on recovered property matched to burglaries, he said.
As in most auto burglaries, the items taken included GPS units, iPods, speakers, phones, radar detectors, laptops and other similar property.
And in most cases, Harrah said, the vehicles were left unlocked outside homes, businesses and apartment buildings.
According to court documents, Light is scheduled for a hearing on the new charges Wednesday.

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