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Hawkins man accused of stealing grandpa's pain pills charged with burglary, theft

Jeff Bobo • Jun 6, 2018 at 1:58 PM

MOORESBURG — A homeless man accused of breaking into his grandfather's Hawkins County home last week and stealing more than $1,000 worth of pain medication was arraigned Monday in Rogersville on theft, burglary and drug possession charges.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Pease observed man walking along Highway 11-W in Mooresburg who matched the description of a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a suspicious person.

The man was identified as Nathan Garrett Thatcher, 32, who has no permanent address and reportedly stated he had just been to visit the nearby home of his 76-year-old grandfather.

Pease described Thatcher as nervous and unable to stand still, and Thatcher denied having anything illegal in a black duffel bag he was carrying.

Upon searching the bag, Pease allegedly found a cut straw, syringe and spoon. Thatcher allegedly admitted to using those items to take meth.

Also in the bag was a pill bottle with his grandfather's name on it containing 96 Hydrocodone pills with a street value in excess of $1,000.

Thatcher reportedly stated he was holding the pills for his grandfather, but the grandfather said Thatcher shouldn't be at his residence and asked Pease to return his pills.

Upon inspecting the residence, Pease and Sgt. Sam Wilhoit reportedly found pry marks on the front door.

Thatcher was charged with aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, possession of Schedule II narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $15,000 bond pending his next Sessions Court appearance on June 18.

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