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Three charged with stealing antiques, tractor

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 11, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Three men were charged with several felonies after a three-month burglary investigation in Washington County.

According to information released by Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Austin Tyler Ball, 22, Fall Branch; Vincent Tyler Matthews, 24, Rogersville; and Brandon Leroy McBrayer, 37, Rogersville, were all indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

Graybeal said two locations in Fall Branch were burglarized, on Link Road and Melody Lane in December. The perpetrators took antiques, tools and farm equipment. After one of the burglaries, the sheriff said one of the locations was again burglarized the following night.

Over three months, investigators found that some of the stolen property was taken to one of the three arrested men’s homes in Rogersville. With the help of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Graybeal said some of the property, including a farm tractor, was recovered in January.

Ball was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, two counts of burglary and theft of property over $10,000. He was arrested Friday by Washington County authorities and posted a $10,000 bond.

Matthews was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, two counts of burglary and theft of property over $10,000. He is currently incarcerated in Greene County on unrelated charges and will be served with the charges after his release.

McBrayer was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, two counts of burglary and theft of property over $10,000. He was arrested Sunday evening with the assistance of the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Ball and McBrayer are scheduled for an appearance in Criminal Court on May 20th.

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