ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is investigating separate burglary complaints reported last week which total nearly $50,000 in lost property.
The total loss reported in each burglary was right around $25,000, and they both took place in a south-central area of the county, but HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said Monday there’s no reason to believe at this time that the incidents are related.
Thomas and Kelli Craft who live on War Valley Road south of Surgoinsville reported Wednesday that dozens of items had been stolen from their house with an overall value of $25,649.
Kelli Craft told the HCSO she arrived home from work shortly before 4 p.m. and found a side door to her residence standing open.
Upon entering the residence Mrs. Craft reportedly found it to be ransacked, at which time she went back outside and called 911.
Responding Deputy Eric Pease said the side door had pry marks where entry was apparently made after an unsuccessful attempt to enter a rear sliding door.
Upon entering the residence Pease observed that the burglars apparently left without two flat screen TVs which had been moved to the kitchen door from the bedroom and living room, but a gun cabinet in the living room had been emptied.
“I observed the house to be a total disaster, dresser drawers to be out, and everything on the closet shelves pulled off and laying on the floor,” Pease stated in his report. “Mr. and Mrs. Craft stated that her neighbor saw a dark color vehicle there with a male standing on the porch around 1 p.m. — a tall skinny man with a red hoodie."
Among the missing items were 14 firearms, two bows, seven scopes, a large amount of ammunition, miscellaneous hunting equipment, cameras and accessories, computer equipment, stereo equipment, power tools, cash, medication and a large amount of jewelry including a $2,500 woman’s Rolex watch.
In an unrelated case, Thursday night around 9:15 p.m. Diane Brown returned to her home on Webster Valley Road south of Rogersville had been ransacked and $24,020 worth of property was missing.
Brown told HCSO Cpl. Sam Wilhoit she left for a funeral around 4:30 p.m. and when she returned at 9:15 p.m. she noticed the inner door from the garage was open. She then went next door to her brother’s house to call 911.
Wilhoit stated in his report that upon entering the residence he noticed that the glass had been broken out of a rear door and every room in the house had been ransacked.
Entry was also made into a shed through a window.
“Also taken was the heat pump that had been located at the rear of the house, and tire tracks could be seen in the yard on the west side of the residence,” Wilhoit said.
The heat pump alone was valued at $5,000, and the burglars also got away with a John Deere zero turn mower valued at $6,000, and an “Earnhardt Collection” valued at $3,000.
Other items listed as stolen included tools, kitchen appliances, a Kirby vacuum cleaner, computer equipment and other electronics, jewelry, a safe and collectibles including figurines and a University of Tennessee car collection.
Allen said that as of Monday there were no suspects in either burglary.
Anyone with information about either burglary is asked to call the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.