David F. Henegar, 542 Laurel Branch Road, Rogersville, reported the burglary after returning home from church Sunday afternoon and discovering that his home had been ransacked.
Among the items stolen were a 2002 Chevrolet pickup valued at $24,000, and that vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system. Monday afternoon Kingsport police stopped the stolen pickup and arrested its two occupants: Rusty Arron Cordle, 18, 112 Brickey St., Kingsport, and the victim’s grandson, David Shannon Henegar, 20, 1442 E. Sevier Ave., Kingsport.
On Tuesday, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office charged both suspects with theft over $10,000 and aggravated burglary. Hawkins County Sheriff Roger Christian said Tuesday that the only stolen item to be recovered thus far is the pickup.
Still missing is a red Honda TRX four-wheeler valued at $6,000, several guns with a total value of $8,000, a guitar and a small amount of cash.
“We think there may be another person involved, and we’re still investigating, trying to clear up some loose ends,” Christian said. “The only thing we’ve recovered so far is the truck. We’re talking to them (David Shannon Henegar and Cordle) and hoping to gather a little more information.
“It’s a little difficult right now, but hopefully they’ll come around.”
David F. Henegar told the sheriff’s office he’d left the garage door open slightly so the dog could get in. Access was made to the residence by breaking the window of a locked door inside the garage that led to the kitchen.
The truck had been parked at the side of the house, and Christian said the suspects found a set of keys to the truck inside the residence.
David Shannon Henegar was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday on $25,000 bond. Cordle was lodged in the Hawkins County Jail without bond because he’d been free on bond from Sullivan County on a separate auto theft charge at the time of his arrest Monday.
Anyone with information about the stolen guns and four-wheeler is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 272-4848.