Four local men have found out that theft doesn’t pay.
Recently Chris Kimberlin allegedly began a spree of thefts that lasted four 15 days, according to Detective Sergeant Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. On March 18, Kimberlin allegedly went to his father- in- law’s house and stole a chain saw later selling it. The next theft allegedly occurred on March 31 while he visiting with a friend. The individual left a $500 cell phone lying on the hood of a vehicle and walked away. Kimberlin then picked up the phone and allegedly stole it; he then sold the phone for $30 according to Elkins. In Kimberlin’s final theft of the spree on April 2 while scrapping metal at a home, Kimberlin allegedly stole a wire off of the homeowner’s air conditioning unit disabling the unit. After receiving complaints authorities began looking for Kimberlin receiving a tip he was a local business. By the time Elkins reached the location Kimberlin had left. But Elkins did get received information of where the man could be. While officers were in the process of arresting Kimberlin, a female came by and asked about Kimberlin. While there Elkins noticed she was talking on the cell phone that had been stolen. The female had bought the phone from Kimberlin not knowing that it had been stolen. Kimberlin, 24, 111 Sharp Circle, Apt. 190, LaFollette is charged with two counts theft over $500 and theft under $500. On March 31, the CCSD received a complaint from an individual that some equipment had been stolen from their property, according to Elkins. The man gained information on his stolen property was, Elkins said. He then went to the home and was able to retrieve the equipment. During the investigation it was discovered that Dustin Boshears, 21, 103 Claiborne Road, Apt. 101, LaFollette and Glenn Sharp, 34, 103 Claiborne Road, Apt. 301, LaFollette had allegedly stolen the equipment. At the time of Sharp’s arrest he had a pocket knife with him that allegedly had been used as payment for some of the stolen items, according to Elkins. The pair is charged with theft over $500 and is scheduled to appear in court on April 9. On Monday the sheriff’s department received information where Carl Brown, Jr., 26, Pleasant Lane, LaFollette could be. The department had been looking for him because of outstanding warrants, according to Elkins. Allegedly he was returning to the LaFollette area via Highway 25W; Officer Freddie White went to the area to wait on Brown. Once he saw Brown’s vehicle he was able to initiate a traffic stop. Brown stopped the vehicle, and then he began attempting to evade White. Brown allegedly drove up Ivey Dale Road at speeds in up to 55 miles per hour for approximately five miles with two other individuals in the vehicle, he made an attempt to swerve at White’s patrol car during the chase. Brown’s vehicle stopped and he allegedly got out the vehicle only to take off running into the woods while being pursued by White. The chase lasted for approximately two miles, according to Elkins. White was able to stop the suspect and take him into custody. During the chase it was discovered that Brown had stolen a Nintendo Wii and pawned it at a local pawn shop. Brown is charged with violation of probation, capias, felony evading arrest, aggravated assault on an officer, evading arrest, three counts reckless endangerment, driving on revoked license, resisting arrest, violation light law, violation of Tennessee financial law, failure to yield and theft under $500.