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Hawkins man's hidden camera identifies employee as theft suspect

Jeff Bobo • Aug 15, 2018 at 11:44 AM

BULLS GAP — A Hawkins County man who started noticing large quantities of cash were missing from his dresser drawer beginning Aug. 3 used a hidden surveillance camera to catch the alleged culprit.

The victim told Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lynn Campbell that around the first of July he had placed $3,000 in cash in the bedroom dresser drawer of his home on Main Street in Bulls Gap.

On Aug. 3, the victim went back to the drawer to place another $1,400 and noticed the $3,000 was gone.

That same evening, he noticed that $500 of the $1,400 he had put in the drawer a short time earlier was gone.

That’s when the victim decided to place a hidden camera in his bedroom.

On Aug. 9, the victim received an electronic notification that the surveillance camera had recorded movement.

Upon viewing the recording, the victim identified his employee, Joshua Matthew Sorah, 37, 112 Goan Circle, Rogersville, as the alleged culprit.

On the third occasion, Sorah had allegedly taken $300 from the dresser drawer, which brought the alleged theft total for all three occasions to $3,800.

Sorah was described by police as a full-time farm hand employed by the victim.

He had a key to the residence but was permitted to enter only when the victim requested that Sorah let his dog out.

Sorah was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and three counts of theft over $1,000. He was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $2,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled in Sessions Court for Oct. 17.

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