Police: Thief found in car stolen in Johnson City home invasion

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 5:17 PM

A 33-year-old Johnson City man was found in a car stolen in a home invasion and later used in theft from a local business, police said Monday.

Christopher Brown, 528 Pine Lane, was arrested April 17 following a series of incidents that began a day earlier on Huffine Road.

A man told police April 16 he answered his door after a knock, and Brown forced his way inside with three other unidentified intruders, police said. The group stole the man’s car keys and cellphone and left in his vehicle.

Soon after the incident, police said they learned the group had entered Tri-Cities Wholesale Tobacco on South Roan Street, and the man later identified as Brown had stolen merchandise. The vehicle they were in matched the description of the one stolen on Huffine Road, police said.

On April 17, police saw the stolen vehicle on West Market Street and stopped it on North Barton Street. After arresting Brown, police found the victim’s stolen cellphone and a sawed-off shotgun in the vehicle.

Brown was charged with aggravated robbery, theft of motor vehicle over $1,000, possession of a prohibited weapon, driving on a revoked license and possession of stolen property under $1,000. He was arraigned April 18 in Sessions Court.

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