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Unicoi investigators seek public help in home burglaries

December 1st, 2011 10:21 am by Brad Hicks

Unicoi investigators seek public help in home burglaries

ERWIN - The Unicoi County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on a pair of burglaries that recently occurred in the south end of the county.
Chief Investigator Ken Potter said the first burglary took place on Nov. 21 at a residence on Tilson Mountain Road. Potter said it was a daytime burglary and that the burglar gained entry into the home through a rear window.
A computer, shotgun and a small safe were taken in the burglary, Potter said.
A witness reported seeing a small white car in the driveway of the home the morning of the burglary. Tire impression evidence recovered from the scene indicates the vehicle is a compact car, Potter said. Potter also said other physical evidence was recovered from the scene and is being processed.
The second burglary occurred on Nov. 28 at a home on Spring Rock Drive in Erwin, Potter said. Potter said this was also a daytime burglary. Taken from the home was an XBox 360 video game console, a Fender bass guitar and children's jewelry.
Potter said a witness noticed a small, white car leaving the residence. On the witnesses was also able to provide investigators with a general description of this vehicle's driver. Potter said the man is described as being in his early to mid-20s, with black hair and some facial hair. Witnesses described him as being approximately 5 foot 10 inches tall.
The vehicle is described as having some damage to its rear driver's side area.
Potter said UCSD investigators have also received word from Madison County, N.C. law enforcement officials that a small, white car has been spotted at the scene of two recent break-ins in Madison County. The vehicle is believed to have Tennessee license plates.
Residents should pay extra attention and make sure that their homes are secured, especially this time of year as the number of burglaries tend to increase, Potter said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the UCSD at (423) 743-1850 or Potter at (423) 388-0355.

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