Deputy follows trail for arrest

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By Natasha LaFayette


Forget bread crumbs, an alleged thief recently left a trail of stolen items in his tracks. 

Building materials stolen from the Shady Cove area were easily traceable when a sheriff’s deputy followed a trail of materials that had fallen off the trailer. It led all the way to the house of the alleged thief.

On April 4, deputy Darrell Mongar investigated the burglary and theft in the Shady Cove area, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

Loudean Thornhill, 33, of Caryville, assisted Jeremy Strong with the alleged theft of rolls of copper and sheetrock scraps in a construction area, according to Perkins.

Mongar was able to solve the theft by following a trail of building scraps back to Thornhill’s residence.

The remainder of building materials was found at the alleged thief’s home, said Mongar.

Thornhill was charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, burglary and vandalism. She is being held with a bond of $5,000.

Thornhill’s accomplice, Strong, is still wanted.

Detective Brandon Elkins said anyone with information on Strong’s whereabouts can contact the sheriff’s office at 562-7446.