Joshua Eugene Fields
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man reportedly spotted his nephew leaving another family member’s home with a large “bulge” in his pants in April, which was later allegedly revealed to be $75,000 worth of stolen jewelry in a shopping bag.
The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office allegedly linked that nephew to the stolen jewelry using purchase records from a Kingsport gold buying business.
The nephew, Joshua Eugene “Josh” Fields, 31, 4022 W. Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, allegedly knew the house would be empty due to his grandmother’s recent stroke. He allegedly received a little more than $5,000 in cash from a gold buyer for the jewelry valued at $75,000.
Josh Fields had been wanted by the HCSO since May when it was discovered he was working in a Kingsport nursing home. He was arrested by Kingsport police and on Dec. 12 was turned over to the HCSO on an outstanding theft and burglary warrant.
On May 3, Fields’ aunt, Kathy Fields, told the HCSO that all of her jewelry had been taken from her mother’s house where she had been staying on Beech Creek Road south of Rogersville due to her mother’s illness.
There were no signs of forced entry.
Upon further investigation, another family member, Dennis Fields, gave the HCSO a statement that on April 8 he’d seen Joshua Fields coming from behind the Beech Creek Road residence, “and he had a bulge in his front pants pocket.”
Dennis Fields also stated that he’d found the front and back doors of the residence unlocked on that day.
Kathy Fields told the Times-News her mother had a stroke around that time, and she was at the hospital when the burglary took place. She said the burglar knew there was a large amount of valuable jewelry in the residence, and that no one was would be home at that exact time.
Former HCSO Detective Chris Price, who investigated the theft, stated in the arrest warrant affidavit that Kathy Fields believed some of her jewelry had been sold to a specific Kingsport gold buying business.
A store manager at that location later provided Price with records of transactions that Joshua Fields made.
Price said the Kingsport gold buyer's records showed that Josh Fields was paid $1,330 for jewelry on April 8; $1,105 for jewelry on April 10; $1,540 for jewelry on April 16; $850 for jewelry on April 19; and $584 on May 2 for a total of $5,399.
“Kathy Fields identified the jewelry pictured in the records as being hers, along with a small amount of jewelry that was recovered from Gold Rush that was also sold there by Joshua Fields,” Price said.
Joshua Fields was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000, and was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 27.