Theft investigation leads to gun possession charges against felon

Jeff Bobo • Apr 1, 2013 at 8:30 AM

MOORESBURG — A Bean Station theft investigation Saturday evening led police to a Mooresburg convicted felon who was allegedly keeping nine firearms in his residence.

Bean Station Police Department Officer Chris Mason was investigating the theft of two shotguns and a .22 rifle from a residence on the Grainger County side of County Line Road Saturday when a man identified as a possible suspect reportedly drove by the victim’s residence.

Mason then followed the vehicle, which was driven by Clifford Ray Denim, 41, to Denim’s residence at 998 Big Hill Road, Mooresburg.

Mason had radioed ahead for the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office to meet him there.

HCSO Detective John Parsons stated in his report, “When Patrolman Mason advised (Denim) he was investigating a theft report, Clifford Denim went inside his residence and retrieved one shotgun, and a ‘Cricket’ .22 (caliber rifle) and handed them to Patrolman Mason.”

Denim allegedly stated he had bought the firearms from the County Line Road alleged victim for $150.

Denim reportedly gave the HCSO consent to search his residence and vehicles. Several other firearms including another shotgun were allegedly seized from inside Denim’s residence.

A check of Denim’s criminal history reportedly revealed him to be convicted of a felony charge in South Dakota in 2002 as well as a felony drug charge in Hawkins County in 2005.

Denim was charged with nine counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and as of Monday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond.

If Denim makes that bond, there is a hold on him from Grainger County for new charges pertaining to this investigation that are pending there.

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