Hawkins dognapping suspect arraigned on aggravated burglary, theft charges

Jeff Bobo • May 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of stealing a dog and a pack of cigarettes from a neighbor’s home early Tuesday morning has been charged with aggravated burglary and misdemeanor theft.

The dog was returned safely to its owner.

Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Tunnell responded to a residence off Beech Creek Road in the Light Mill community on a burglary complaint.

The victim stated that when she returned home that morning, she found that someone had broken into her residence through a back window and stolen her dog and a pack of cigarettes.

The victim said she suspected Haskell Rines, 53, 193 Light Road, Rogersville, who has a long history of alcohol-related arrests.

When Tunnell went to Rines’ residence, he reportedly found Rines at home with the dog.

Rines allegedly admitted that he entered the victim’s residence and took the dog, which was returned unharmed to the victim.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and as of Friday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

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