Ex-boyfriend nabbed in burglary, theft after allegedly attempting to cash stolen check

Jeff Bobo • May 1, 2018 at 12:16 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man accused of burglary and theft from an old girlfriend in Church Hill last month was arrested after he allegedly attempted to pass a stolen check at the Walmart on Lynn Garden Drive.

Items allegedly stolen by Terrence Michael Bergeron on March 1 from his previous girlfriend, including a safe and coin/bill collection, were allegedly recovered from the Kingsport residence of his more recent girlfriend on March 3.

On Friday afternoon, Bergeron, 28, 1751 Bear Hollow Road, Rogersville, was transferred from the Sullivan County Jail to the Hawkins County Jail to answer Church Hill Police Department charges including aggravated burglary and felony theft over $1,000.

On March 1, CHPD Detective Ethan Mays responded to a home invasion complaint at a residence on Old Union Avenue, where he spoke to Bergeron’s ex-girlfriend, who resides there with her mother and brother.

The ex-girlfriend stated that someone had broken a piece of wall paneling that was covering a window on the door, and a search of the residence revealed that a safe had been taken from her mother’s closet.

The safe contained approximately $3,000 in cash, birth certificates, car titles, CDs with family photos and some blank personal checks.

“Through my investigation, I learned that two males had attempted to pass one of the mother’s checks at the Wal-Mart Market on Lynn Garden Road,” Mays said. “I was able to obtain still photographs of the two males leaving after the check was declined. (The ex-girlfriend) had mentioned to me previously that her ex-boyfriend, Terrence Bergeron, knew where the residence was and should be considered as a suspect.”

Mays added, “After looking at the photographs and being familiar with Mr. Bergeron, I felt confident that he was one of the two suspects.”

The ex-girlfriend and her mother also identified Bergeron, Mays noted.

On March 3, a female in Kingsport who stated she was currently dating Bergeron reported a theft at her residence.

“The female stated that she woke up to find several items stolen from her, his clothes gone, and several items which she did not recognize as hers,” Mays said. “She surrendered these items to the Kingsport Police Department, and (the first complainant’s mother) has identified the safe as being hers and the coin/bill collection as being her son’s.”

Bergeron was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and as of Wednesday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $3,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again June 19.

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