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Jewel heist suspect returned from Virginia jail to Hawkins

November 28th, 2013 10:18 pm by Jeff Bobo

Jewel heist suspect returned from Virginia jail to Hawkins

RICHARD EDWARD UPMAN

ROGERSVILLE — A Virginia man charged with a Hawkins County home burglary that occurred last year was identified after the victim reportedly found her jewelry in a Morristown pawn shop four months later.

On Nov. 15, Richard Edward Upman, 29, was transported to the Hawkins County jail from the Bland Correctional Center in Bland, Va., to answer charges including aggravated burglary and theft over $10,000.

The burglary occurred at a Hawkins County residence on March 18, 2012.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Pruitt stated in his report that on July 29, 2012, the victim reported that she had discovered some of her stolen jewelry at a pawn shop in Morristown.

Based on transactions records retrieved from that pawn shop, Pruitt identified Upman as a suspect.

At that time, it was discovered that Upman was incarcerated at the Charolettsville-Albemarle Regional Jail.

Pruitt stated in his report that he contacted Upman at that jail and conducted a telephone interview on Jan. 11 of this year.

“Mr. Upman stated that he was in the area (of the victim’s home) at that time (of the burglary), and was just riding around by himself,” Pruitt stated in the arrest warrant. “He further stated that he broke into the home and stole ‘a bunch of stuff.’” 

Upman was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the aggravated burglary and theft over $10,000 charges in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Wednesday.


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