The victim caught the suspects in the act -- and soon after filing his first report of burglary to police.
In that first incident the suspects fled with a Checkmate power boat, boat trailer, outboard motor and chainsaw. When caught later in the day they were attempting to add antiques, a dining set and radiator to their haul.
According to an incident report from Kingsport Police, officers responded to a burglary in process at 4217 Fort Henry Drive, around 7:20 p.m.
Upon arrival the victim said he had reported the previous thefts from the same location earlier that day. He reportedly left the scene for a while, then returned to find a Chevy S-10 backed up to the garage -- and his stolen boat trailer connected to the rear.
When the victim observed people walking the backyard of the property he called police. The suspects, who were still on scene when police arrived, were read their Miranda rights.
They were identified as Michael Joe Shipley, 44, of 106 Jenkins Road, Jonesborough; Teresa Lynn Shipley, 38, of 198 Boring Chapel Road, Gray; and Brandon Charles Holder, 27, also of 198 Boring Chapel Road.
The police report states that Michael and Teresa Shipley initially broke into the property, and committed the first burglary. They then went to get Holder and return to steal more items.
According to the incident report, items that were previously stolen but not with the suspects were recovered at 106 Jenkins Road, Jonesborough. All three were charged with burglary and theft, arrested and transported to Kingsport City jail.
During booking, police found assorted pills in unmarked bottles in the Shipleys possession. They were each added a charge of possession of narcotics.