One bound over on auto burglary charges

Becky Campbell • Jan 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

A Johnson City man who crashed into a tractor trailer parked on East Watauga in mid-December and ultimately charged with a string of auto burglaries, was bound over to a Washington County grand jury earlier this week.

Kirk A. Trent, 45 — who apparently gave police two different addresses — is charged with eight counts of auto burglary, one count of theft over $500 and three counts of theft under $500. The charges came from three different agencies in Washington County, and according to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Trent has similar charges in Kingsport and Sullivan County.

Trent’s alleged burglary spree ended Dec. 18 when he wreck his vehicle and fled the scene after removing numerous items from the car and hiding them.

The auto burglaries Trent is accused of occurred between Nov. 10 and Dec. 15 in Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County.

Items taken during those eight auto burglaries were found inside the silver Honda Civic that was abandoned Dec. 18 on East Watauga.

A witness to the crash identified Trent in a photo lineup, according to court records.

Some of the items recovered have not been claimed by victims, including two digital cameras. Washington County sheriff’s investigators are trying to identify the owners or victims, and have posted a few photos on the department website.

To look at the photos, go to www.wcso.net and click on the “public information” link and then choose “press releases.”

Anyone who can identify the photos can call the sheriff’s office at 788-1414.

Trent will appear in Washington County Criminal Court later this month on the charges. He’s currently in the Sullivan County Detention Center.

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