Jeremy N. Stinnett, 38, remains in custody at the Bradley County Jail on charges filed Tuesday of two counts of auto burglary and two counts of vandalism, in addition to the previously filed five counts of burglary and single counts of theft over $1,000 and theft under $500.
Investigators learned of the thefts last week and concluded Stinnett was also responsible for the Road Department thefts where computer equipment, two chainsaws and a long-arm saw were taken from trucks parked at the facility on Pleasant Grove Road.
According to reports, “within hours of thefts late Thursday night or early Friday morning at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Impound Lot and Walker Valley High School, property taken from these locations was recovered in Sequatchie County and a suspect was arrested.”
Bob Gault, BCSO media coordinator, said according to reports that employees arrived at the garage and impound lot and found locks had been cut on two gates.
“Upon a further check of the property it was determined a Chevrolet van, utility trailer, and an ATV were taken during the night. BCSO detectives arrived and began an investigation that led to the name of a possible suspect. Their identification was later confirmed by forensic evidence that was documented by the Crime Scene Unit,” said Gault.
Taken during the Walker Valley burglary, a weed trimmer and other items were recovered by Dunlap Police Department officials.
The van, utility trailer and ATV were recovered by Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office, according to Gault.
Stinnett was arrested by Bradley County Sheriff’s detectives Friday afternoon and remains in jail on the charges.