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Accused dealership burglar claims he won pickup in lottery

December 4th, 2013 2:36 pm by Jeff Bobo

Accused dealership burglar claims he won pickup in lottery

Steven Dwayne Goins

ROGERSVILLE — Police said a man allegedly caught red-handed breaking into a pickup for sale on a Rogersville dealership lot early Friday morning claimed he’d won the truck in a lottery.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Friday, Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Price was dispatched to Royston’s Chevrolet on Highway 11-W on a complaint of a vehicle in the lot with its lights on.

Price said that upon his arrival he observed a red 2005 Chevrolet pickup with its lights going on and off.

As he approached the vehicle, Price allegedly observed a man known to him as Steven Dwayne Goins, 61, 1177 McKinney Chapel Road, Rogersville, enter the driver’s side of that pickup.

“While speaking with him, he at first told me he had got into the vehicle to get warm, and then that he had won the vehicle in the lottery,” Price said. “I also spoke with Lisa Kite, an employee of Royston’s, who stated the vehicle in question wasn’t being given away, and that Goins hadn’t won anything from Royston’s.” 

Goins was charged with auto burglary. A March 17 trial date was set during his arraignment Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court.

As of Wednesday, Goins remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.


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