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Man charged with felony burglary at Kingsport business

Rain Smith • Jun 5, 2018 at 3:20 PM

KINGSPORT — The theft of $15,000 in tools from a diesel repair shop — along with a stolen pickup later found torched in Hawkins County — has spurred the arrest of a former part-time worker on felony charges.

Rustey J. Ferrell, 29, of 325 Stage Road, Kingsport, was booked into the city jail on Monday night. According to Kingsport Police Department records, warrants for his arrest had been obtained for theft over $10,000,burglary and tampering with evidence.

On May 16, the KPD was called to XCalibur Diesel Performance on Brookside Drive. Overnight, someone had broken into the shop and ransacked the business, making away with more than two dozen separate items: tools sets, diagnostic machines, batteries and other equipment.

A 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was also missing from the property. A KPD officer wrote up a report, and no suspects were immediately tabbed.

But shortly thereafter, the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office found the pickup set ablaze and abandoned on Jones Road in Church Hill. And back in Kingsport, video was reviewed from businesses adjacent to XCalibur.

Footage reportedly revealed a vehicle and man in the area overnight. The Excalibur owner recognized the man as Ferrell and the car as Ferrell's. He said Ferrell had previously handled "odd jobs" at the business, but he hadn't seen him in several months.

Through further investigation by KPD detectives, Ferrell was positively tabbed as a suspect in the case. His car was spotted late Monday night on Vance Street, and an officer found him on a nearby porch. Ferrell was apprehended without incident.

Police records do not indicate if any of the stolen tools have been recovered.

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