|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating a
series of five burglaries in the Tollesboro area.
Deputy Bryon Walker said the first
burglary was reported by Daniel Thomas of Tollesboro that a garage owned by Elsworth
Thomas had been broken into. He said Daniel Thomas discovered that someone had forced open
a garage door and removed high performance and chrome engine parts from a 1984 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo he had been restoring. Also reported taken were a Craftsman 101 piece socket
set in its original black plastic case, a 50 piece Craftsman socket set in a black vinyl
case, several screwdrivers, two combination wrench sets (one metric and one standard) and
a tap and die set.
Deputy Tom Polley said a large red toolbox containing John Deere and Craftsman tools
was taken from Turner Tractor Sales. Polley said the vintage tools had been collected over
about 30 years and were valued at around $1,400. Those tools, he said, were recovered
after deputies uncovered information that an area resident had purchased the tools.
Polley said a body shop owned by Danny McCoy was broken into and several items taken,
including a Craftsman drill, two Skil drills, a NAPA air gauge, three body hammers, a 16'
measuring tape, boxes of sandpaper in 36, 80, 220 and 320 grits, a Starline sander, two
extension cords, two dent pullers, a Skil saw, a grinder, a 100 piece socket set, two
socket sets on clips, four rolls of masking tape, a quart of silver paint and a gallon of
clear coat. Polley said the items were valued at about $1,000.
Lewis County Sheriff's Office
An estimated $1,400 worth of collectible
tools was recovered last week by Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies investigating burglaries
in the Tollesboro area. These tools were reported taken from Turner Tractor Sales.
Polley also said someone cut a window screen and forced open a window at Henderson's
Chevron. Listed as missing were 60 packages of cigarettes.
Someone apparently entered a home on the Ash and Ash Farm and had ransacked through all
the belongings inside, according to Walker, and had also removed locks and entered three
outbuildings on the farm. He said an inventory on the missing items was still being
Walker said he believes the burglaries are related and added that a suspect has been
identified and an arrest is expected soon.