Hawkins County deputies nab alleged burglar walking from home

Jeff Bobo • Mar 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM

KINGSPORT - Hawkins County deputies responding to a burglary in progress call Thursday on Lewis Lane just north of Kingsport allegedly found the suspect walking out of the residence he'd just broken into.

As a result of their investigation, deputies have now charged the suspect in a rash of thefts and burglaries in the Lewis Lane area, including one involving a church.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office was called to the Lewis Lane residence Thursday around 2:30 p.m.

As deputies arrived at the residence they allegedly found Preston Jennis Chapman, 21, 640 Lewis Lane, Church Hill, walking out of the front door.

A brief foot chase ensued and Chapman was taken into custody by HCSO Sgt. Tony Allen.

"I believe he was in possession of some stolen property from a previous burglary when they arrested him," Sheriff Roger Christian said. "That prompted Detective Randy Collier to interview Mr. Chapman about these other recent unsolved burglaries from that area. As a result of that interview, Detective Collier pieced some things together and determined this was the individual responsible for some other burglaries."

Chapman is now accused of committing two burglaries and three thefts in the area of Lewis Lane and Tranbarger Road, including a break-in at the Lewis Lane Baptist Church on Feb. 21.

He was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, three counts of theft, evading arrest and violation of probation. He was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.

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