Couple charged in alleged vehicle theft attempt
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Warrants were issued by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Thursday for the arrest of two people wanted on attempted theft charges.

According to Bob Gault, Sammy Mikel, 38, and Elizabeth Ann Mikel Jones, 35, were wanted for the attempted theft of a vehicle from Interstate 75.

Gault said Ashley Chavez had been travelling on I-75 northbound when she had a flat. Chavez, of Knoxville, called a friend to pick her up and left her Honda Civic sitting on the shoulder of the roadway until she could return to get it repaired.

According to Gault, when Chavez returned to the area where her car was supposed to be, she saw two people in a Ford truck, pushing the vehicle toward exit 20.

Chavez confronted the couple and a struggle ensued. A passing motorist was able to obtain a tag number for the truck. The two people, who were allegedly attempting to take the Honda, got into the truck and left the scene before deputies could arrive.

According to Gault, the tag number returned to Mikel. Chavez was able to identify him as the driver “and the person she had approached” who was allegedly attempting to take her car.

Gault said Mikel and Jones were taken into custody Thursday evening after following several leads.

Mikel, and Jones were charged with theft of property two counts, conspiracy to commit theft of property, and burglary of a motor vehicle. Mikel is also charged with theft over $1,000, according to reports.

BCSO detectives are working with other law enforcement agencies in hopes of clearing vehicle theft cases in their jurisdictions, according to Gault.

- Bradley County deputies responded to a New Hope Road address after the resident reported a home burglary had occurred.

Deputy Steve McCullough spoke with Jolie Kooney, who said someone had broken into her home sometime between April 30 and May 2.

Five cell phones, canned drinks, a book of checks and an Alpine car stereo and speakers were taken.

There were no noted signs of forced entry, according to McCullough.

Loss was estimated at $330.