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Police: Church Hill car thieves probably just needed a ride

Jeff Bobo • Dec 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Police believe two suspects who stole a car on Grandview Street Thursday morning might have spent the night in the neighborhood and were simply looking for a ride out of the area.

Shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, CHPD Sgt. Chad Mosley responded to an auto theft complaint in the neighborhood surrounding Church Hill Middle and Intermediate schools.

Mosley was told by Hawkins County Central Dispatch that the vehicle had turned from Pine Street onto North Central Avenue, then toward Carters Valley Road.

Mosley patrolled the area but was unable to locate the stolen vehicle.

The victim described the suspects as two males. One was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt, but the victim was unable to get a good look at either of them.

A short time later, Mosley was dispatched to an auto burglary complaint on Grandview Street, which had actually taken place prior to the auto theft.

The owner told Mosley that his vehicle’s driver side door had been opened but nothing appeared to be missing.

CHPD Chief Mark Johnson told the Times-News it’s likely that the suspects had spent the night at a home in the neighborhood within walking distance of the victim’s residence and were looking for a ride home. Apparently they went from house to house opening car doors until they found a vehicle that had keys in it.

Around 9 a.m., Sullivan County deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Gravely Road.

They found the vehicle abandoned, and upon checking the license plate, they discovered it was the stolen vehicle from Church Hill.

Anyone with information about the vehicle theft is asked to contact CHPD Detective Ethan Mays at 423-357-3487 ext. 2 or email tips to chpdtips@churchhilltn.gov.

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