Two men face charges following investigation of $108,000 in items reported stolen from storage unit

John Thompson • May 4, 2019 at 12:30 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Two Carter County men were arrested Thursday and made his first appearance in Sessions Court on Friday on several charges of burglaries to storage units.

One person said items valued at $108,000 was taken from his storage unit.

Richard Lynn Johnson, 31, and Jackie Lee White, 39, were arrested Thursday by Carter County deputies on outstanding warrants stemming from burglaries at A-OK Storage, 1151 Bristol Highway.

The burglaries were reported to have taken place from April 3 to April 5. During the burglaries, storage units 3, 6, 29, 31, 44, 66, 87, 92, and 113 had the locks cut off and the items inside had been rummaged through. Items were stolen from units 3 and 6.  

In addition to the $108,000 theft, the other victim said items valued at $8,700 were stolen from his unit.

Investigator Derrick Hamm of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department said he received information from a citizen who suspected White had given him items the citizen suspected had been stolen.

The items were shown to the storage unit’s renter, who confirmed the items were part of the items stolen from the unit.

Hamm also received information that some other property matching the description of the stolen items had been moved from one storage unit to another that was being used by Johnson. 

Search warrants were executed and Hamm said an extensive amount of items were found inside that were identified by storage unit renters as being the items that they had reported stolen.

The men are facing burglary and theft charges. Both were arraigned in Sessions Court on Friday. Attorney C.J. Roberts is representing Johnson. His next court appearance is May 13.

A public defender was appointed for White. A preliminary hearing is also set for May 13.

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