Man allegedly finds his stolen property at Church Hill neighbor's home

Rain Smith • Feb 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — A man whose Church Hill rental property was burglarized inquired with a neighbor if he’d seen anything suspicious — but instead found the allegedly stolen goods.

According to an arrest report from the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, police were called Tuesday to a burglary and theft at 146 Housewright Road. The victim, Scottie Maxwell, 59, of Kingsport, reported someone had broken into the property’s garage and outbuilding.

Maxwell claimed a concrete table, numerous tools, automobile parts and other items were missing from both inside the home and the yard. Police said Maxwell then went to a neighbor’s home, 123 Housewright Road, to ask if he’d seen anything suspicious.

Maxwell called police after he allegedly observed the items, valued at $2,420, outside the neighbor’s home. A deputy and detective responded to the scene and questioned the suspect, Dennis Gene Dotson, 42.

The arrest report states Dotson allowed police to search his property, and they found “many items” reported stolen.

“Dotson stated that Maxwell had told him he could have certain items laying around outside,” reads the report’s narrative. “However, Dotson also admitted to entering an outbuilding and taking items he did not have permission (to take).”

Police report that Maxwell said “he absolutely did not tell Dotson he could have the property.”

Dotson was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary and theft of more than $1,000.

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