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Bluff City burglar leaves license at scene, suspect arrested

Rain Smith • Aug 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Police have charged a Bluff City man with burglary of a neighbor's home — identifying him with a wallet that was left at the scene.

According to an arrest report at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, the resident of 485 Weaver Branch Road left her home at about 8 a.m. Wednesday. When she returned a few hours later, the front door was allegedly found busted open.

Police say the woman called 911 and awaited deputies before entering the home. When officers arrived they found no one inside, and the victim reported nothing appeared to be stolen.

However, she did notice a wine glass had been moved on a counter top. Police say it contained "liquid" that the victim had not poured.

Teh report says a wallet was also found on the counter. A driver's license inside was allegedly issued to Joel Daniel Hensley, 39, of 699 Weaver Branch Road; a residence about a half mile from the victim's.

According to a court affidavit, two detectives then went to the suspect's home. After advising him of his Miranda rights, he allegedly chose to invoke his right to silence.

Hensley was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism of less than $500. Police say Hensley's father reported picking up his son earlier in the day, near the location of the burglary.

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