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Deputies reportedly find burglar inside home

December 21st, 2011 10:01 pm by John Thompson

Deputies reportedly find burglar inside home

ELIZABETHTON — A man who was found by Carter County deputies inside a Johnson City home and in possession of the homeowner’s property was arrested on burglary and theft charges on Monday afternoon.
Michael J. Greenwell, 28, 116 Gilbert Wilson Road, was arrested by Deputy Wayne Pritchard on charges of aggravated burglary, theft under $500, possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license.
Another man, Kevin R. Brown, 28, 1301 Ledford St., was found by deputies asleep in a 2007 Chrysler 300 parked in the driveway of the home. He was charged with public intoxication and possession of schedule IV and schedule VI drugs.
Pritchard said he responded to a burglary in progress on Morey Hyder Road in Johnson City at 2:10 p.m. Monday. Pritchard said he found Greenwell in the basement of the residence, carrying a Wii sports pack, a plastic container holding various nuts and bolts, a Canon Power Shot digital camera, a box of unused checks, a bag of medications prescribed to Elmer Hinkle and his left jacket pocket was full of loose change.
The homeowner, Carl Hinkle, arrived home a short time later. Pritchard said the homeowner identified the items Greenwell was carrying as his property except for the medication, which belonged to Hinkle’s brother.
Pritchard said he also found a woman’s bank card in Greenwell’s left rear pocket. The woman’s wallet was found in the trunk of the car parked in the driveway.
Pritchard said Brown was asleep in the passenger seat of the car until the deputy woke him up. He said Brown had a bottle in his pocket that contained 33 clonazapam tablets in sizes in various varieties and 10 Seroquel tablets.
Pritchard said he found pry marks on the back door and door frame of the residence. He also found a screwdriver on the front driver’s seat of the car.
Greenwell made his initial appearance in Sessions Court on Wednesday. Judge John Walton appointed a public defender and set bond at $3,000. The case was continued to Feb. 3.

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