Third of three $100k burglary suspects appears in Hawkins court

Jeff Bobo • May 31, 2019 at 1:30 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — The third of three suspects accused in a $100,000 Surgoinsville burglary last year appeared in Hawkins County Sessions Court Wednesday to be arraigned on charges including theft over $60,000 and two counts of aggravated burglary.

Joseph Joel Gibson, 41, of Kingsport was reportedly identified by his codefendant Christian Lee Romines as being involved in the March 21, 2018 burglary of a residence on N. Zion Hill Road Surgoinsville where a large coin collection was stolen.

Romines stated that he served as lookout while Gibson and Cody Todd Lane removed several boxes from the house and put them into a pickup.

Among the items stolen were 16 ammo cans filled with rolled coins, a large amount of jewelry, an antique coin collection, and a large cedar chest.

Much of the stolen property was later recovered from a room in a motel on Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport where the three men were staying.

Surgoinsville Police Department Chief James Hammonds said the alleged thieves managed to spend several thousands of dollars worth of rolled coins before they were caught.

The remainder of the stolen items were returned to the victim.

Gibson had been incarcerated for the past year in Scott County, Va. on unrelated burglary charges before his arraignment Wednesday in Hawkins County.

Lane has already been indicted on those same charges and  is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Criminal Court on June 5.

Romines has also been indicted on those same charges and is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Criminal Court on Aug. 30.

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