Man charged in Bloomingdale burglaries

Nick Shepherd • Feb 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

A Sullivan County man was arrested last weekend after a December crime spree in which he allegedly stole multiple items from multiple homes in Bloomingdale.

Matthew S. Blair, 26, 221 Thompson St., Kingsport, was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of theft over $1,000, one count of vandalism, one count of theft under $500 and one count of criminal trespass.

According to multiple affidavits filed with Kingsport General Sessions Court, Blair started his crime spree on Rogers Avenue near the beginning of December. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received a report that a man's garage had been burglarized.

Blair allegedly entered the garage through an unlocked door and took multiple tools, a large green duffel bag, extension cords, nylon straps, Daisy BB pistol, plastic tote and wire which contained copper. The victim stated he had been working night shift and a screen had been knocked out and a window was open.

During the course of the investigation, officers interviewed a man that Blair had been staying with recently. The man consented to a search of the home, and many of the items that had been stolen were located inside the home. The wire had been stripped of the copper, but some of the other items were found.

The man said he had seen Blair with the large green duffel bag full of items. He also said that Blair had hung a Daisy BB pistol on the Christmas tree. The man denied participating in the burglary and told police he would kick Blair out for bringing stolen items into his home. Estimated total loss was $2,888.88.

A few weeks later, a man reported that someone had entered his storage building and stolen his Yamaha dirt bike. The victim locked the door the night before. The back wall of the building had been forced off the building, and the garage door had been forced open and left open, according to an affidavit.

A few days later, another man reported that his aluminum ladder had been stolen. There were no suspects at the time of the report.

Officers received new information on the cases at the beginning of January. Two officers had stopped two males who were riding a four-wheeler. The four-wheeler had been overturned and officers identified one of the males as Blair. The four-wheeler had been reported stolen in July.

The aluminum ladder was located a few days later in the back yard of the man Blair was staying with. The man had moved the ladder over the fence because he felt it was stolen, the affidavit stated.

Three days after the ladder was found, the dirt bike was located at a vacant house with extensive damage. The police were once again led to the house where Blair was staying and the man said Blair had asked him to move a dirt bike, but he refused because he suspected the bike was stolen.

The cost of the damage to the dirt bike and storage building was estimated to be $1,081.94.

Officers located Blair on January 25 at a home on Thompson Street. Officers knocked on the door, but Blair would not answer. He then allegedly turned off all the lights and attempted to escape through a garage door in the basement, according to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart. Officers covering the rear of the home took him into custody.

He was released on $10,000 bond on January 26.

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