Rooster heist results in felony theft charge against Rogersville resident

Jeff Bobo • Mar 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing charges including felony theft and criminal trespassing for the alleged theft Friday afternoon of three roosters that have a reported value of $200 each.

At least one more suspect in the theft remained at large as of Monday evening.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Nash was dispatched to a chicken theft complaint at the home of John D. Smith on Whitaker Road in Bulls Gap.

Smith reportedly stated that a short time earlier he’d met Phillip Eugene Hall, 42, 301 Stapleton Lane, Rogersville, parked in his driveway in a blue SUV.

Smith stated that while he was asking Hall why he was there Smith noticed three roosters missing from their cages behind his home.

“John stated that he chased another subject from the barn, and he (the suspect) ran toward the road where Phillip picked him (the suspect) up and they left the scene,” Nash stated in his report. “John stated there were more than two people at the residence because he did not see the roosters in the SUV.”

Smith was later reportedly contacted by a person who’d allegedly been asked to store the stolen roosters by Hall. Smith then notified HCSO Sgt. Mike Allen.

Based on Smith’s information, Allen met with Angel Gross at 306 Hill Street in Rogersville, who was reportedly responsible for returning the roosters to Smith.

“Angel gave a statement to Sgt. Allen stating that Phillip Hall and (a second suspects still at large) came by her residence and asked her if they could store the chickens behind her house,” Nash added.

“Angel stated that she did not want any part of this situation. Vincent Hall notified John Smith and requested that he come get his chickens. Vincent stated verbally to John Smith that Phillip (Hall) was bragging about how he stole chickens from John Smith.”

Hall was located by Nash Saturday morning. Upon being interviewed by Nash, Phillip Hall allegedly admitted to being on Smith’s property without permission, but denied stealing the roosters.

Nash said the investigation is continuing and another suspect is being sought.

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