SURGOINSVILLE - Hawkins County authorities said suspects in two recent burglaries involving about $30,000 in goods allegedly sold some of the items at a Rogersville pawn shop.
According to a report filed by Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Detective Randy Collier, there were also witnesses who allegedly reported seeing the two men at the scene of both crimes.
Arrested Friday were James Wesley "Wes" Williams, 29, 2230 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, and Timothy Avery Williams, 28, 201 Horton Lane, Surgoinsville. They were both charged with theft over $10,000 stemming from their alleged part in thefts of equipment and materials from a sawmill, as well as aggravated burglary and theft stemming from a break-in at a Stanley Valley residence.
Sheriff Roger Christian said Sunday the investigation continues and more charges may be forthcoming.
As for the pending charges, on July 17 Steven McLain of McLain Lumber reported to the HCSO that someone had taken several items from his sawmill yard, including sawmill blades, wire, a jack lift, log chains, and other assorted items. Neighbors told investigators they'd seen Timothy and Wes Williams loading items from the yard.
Collier then received a tip that the pair had been taking items to the Trading Post on Highway 11-W and trading them for cash. It was at the Trading Post that Collier found the sawmill blades and other items from McLain Lumber.
Collier then responded to Midway Recycling where he learned that the pair had allegedly sold some of the stolen items as scrap.
The other burglary occurred June 27 at 2215 Stanley Valley Road, where homeowner Ralph Lindsey told deputies someone had gained entry to his home by forcing open a sliding door. The burglars then went to Lindsey's son's room and stole several items including CDs and DVDs.
Again witnesses allegedly reported to Collier having seen the Williamses walking from the scene of the crime shortly before the burglary was discovered. The stolen property was again discovered at the Trading Post.
Upon interviewing both suspects, Collier stated in his report they had specific knowledge of the crime that only the burglars could have had.