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Witness implicates Hawkins teen in school burglary, truck theft and recycling center heist

January 2nd, 2014 4:04 pm by Jeff Bobo

Witness implicates Hawkins teen in school burglary, truck theft and recycling center heist

Billy Ray Salisbury

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen accused in the burglaries of a school and a county recycling center, as well as theft of a truck that was abandoned during a police chase, was turned over to Hawkins County authorities Wednesday morning.

Billy Ray Salisbury, 18, 514 Poor Valley Road, Rogersville, was picked up by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office early Wednesday morning on several outstanding Hawkins County warrants stemming from his alleged crime wave in October.

As of Thursday evening Salisbury remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bail set awaiting arraignment Monday in General Sessions Court.

On Oct. 29 Church Hill Police Department Officer Brian Boggs spotted a white Mazda pickup in the McDonald’s parking lot off of Silver Lake Road which he recognized as being stolen.

Boggs stated in his report that when the driver of the pickup saw him he sped out of the parking lot area and south on Silver Lake Road into the Landings Apartment Complex.

At that point the driver cut off the pickup’s lights and drove through the grass at the apartment complex for a shot distance before all four occupants bailed out of the truck and ran.

The truck continued rolling, however, and struck the front of Boggs’ patrol car, causing damage.

Although the driver escaped, one female occupant of the pickup was captured and identified Salisbury as the driver and the person who had stolen the pickup.

That female occupant also implicated Salisbury in two previously unsolved burglaries including McPheeters Bend Elementary School and the county recycling center on Christian’s Bend Road. Both of those incidents had been reported on Oct. 17.

HCSO Detective Ken Sturgill investigated both of those burglaries. He stated in his report that the suspect entered the school by breaking a window to one of the offices.

Among the items stolen were four “iCOM” hand held radios.

The suspected entered the recycling center by driving a vehicle through the locked chain link fence, causing about $1,000 damage.

Among the items stolen were about $700 worth of scrap metal, a lawn mower, two car batteries and a chain saw.

The female witness also allegedly told Sturgill she’d seen Salisbury with the hand held radios from the school, and the chain saw from the recycling center.

Both of those items were recovered, and based on the witness statement Salisbury was charged with those incidents as well.

Overall Salisbury is charged with theft over $500, evading arrest and no drivers license for the Oct. 29 incident with Church Hill police; burglary, theft over $500 and vandalism for the recycling center heist; and burglary and theft over $500 for the school burglary.

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