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Police arrest 2 teens after Johnson City crime spree, police chase

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Oct 13, 2017 at 9:06 PM

Two teenagers were arrested Friday after a chase that stemmed from burglaries at Johnson City auto dealerships and residences this month, city police said.

Jared Shaffer, 18, 145 Ridgecrest Road, Jonesborough, was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of burglary, theft over $1,000, theft of vehicle parts over $1,000, two counts of motor vehicle theft and vandalism over $1,000.

A 17-year-old was also arrested and charged with the same crimes, police said in a news release. No name was released due to the suspect’s age.

Police said the investigation began Oct. 4, when officers responded a report of vandalism at Grindstaff Kia on Bristol Highway. Employees noticed the gate to the fence on the lot’s east side was damaged, indicating someone had driven a vehicle off the lot.

After an inventory of the cars in the lot, employees discovered that a 2014 Kia Sorento had been stolen and driven through the fence. Washington County Sheriff deputies located the stolen Kia on Oct. 10 in a parked spot at the rear of the Dollar General Store at 2276 Gray Station Sulphur Springs Road.

On Thursday, police said, the two teens also burglarized Friendship Hyundai on North Roan Street and stole two sets of keys from the inside of the business. They then stole a 2015 Mercedes C300 from the car lot and fled the area. Police said a dealer tag was also stolen from Buchanan Auto Sales on North Roan Street and placed on the stolen Mercedes.

Later on Thursday, police said, the pair burglarized a home on Sherwood Drive and stole an undetermined amount of gift and credit cards. After breaking into the home, the two traveled to a residence on Marshall Court and burglarized another home, stealing a Macbook and a safe containing two firearms and ammunition, officers said.

At about 9:50 p.m., Jonesborough police spotted the stolen vehicle traveling west on West Jackson Boulevard and attempted to make a traffic stop before a high-speed chase resulted. The chase ended near a residence on Sand Ridge Court in Washington County when the vehicle crashed and the driver, Shaffer, was arrested along with four juvenile passengers.

Jonesborough police charged Shaffer with felony evading arrest and three counts of reckless endangerment.

The safe, firearms, ammunition, Macbook and gift and credit cards that were stolen in the two residential burglaries were recovered and returned to the rightful owners, police said. Jared Shaffer and the 17-year-old were interviewed by investigators and both confessed to the crimes, according to police.

Shaffer was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $116,000 bond on the combined charges from Johnson City and Jonesborough police. His appearance in Sessions Court is set for Monday.

The younger teen was transported to the Northeast Regional Juvenile Detention Facility and will have a bond hearing at an unspecified date and time in Johnson City Juvenile Court.

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