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Burglars hit Hawkins County assessor's home as he attends wife's funeral

Jeff Bobo • Feb 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

BULLS GAP — An opportunistic thief broke into the home of Hawkins County Property Assessor Don Cinnamon last week while he was away in Texas to bury his late wife of 45 years, Sandra.

Sandra Cinnamon was involved in a single-car accident on Route 113 in Hawkins County on Jan. 28 and succumbed to her injuries two days later. She was a native of Texas, and following a memorial service in Rogersville she was taken back to Texas for the funeral.

Don Cinnamon’s sister, Jo Ann Janish, reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday that his house at 510 Walkers Church Road, Bulls Gap, had been burglarized.

Cinnamon had not returned home at that time, and the break-in was suspected to have occurred between Feb. 2-7.

HCSO Deputy Daniel Byington stated in his report that the back glass door had been broken out, and the doorknob had pry marks on it.

“Mr. Cinnamon’s cabinets were left standing wide open,” Byington stated in his report. “The drawers of a jewelry box that was in the bedroom were out, and no contents were in them.”

By Monday, Cinnamon had returned home and visited the sheriff’s office with a list of missing items. Neither that list nor the total value of the missing property was released publicly Monday, although Sheriff Roger Christian confirmed Monday that jewelry and firearms were among the missing items.

Christian noted that Cinnamon’s plans to bury his wife in Texas were well-known throughout the community, and the thief likely knew Cinnamon would not be at home.

“That’s about as low as it gets,” Christian said.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the HCSO at 272-4848.

Cinnamon is completing is second term as Hawkins County property assessor this year.

He was narrowly defeated in his bid for a third term in the Feb. 5 Republican primary by Jack Price.

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