Hawkins man accused of stealing pickup was on probation for previous thefts

Jeff Bobo • Sep 2, 2019 at 9:30 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who was arrested earlier this year wearing pink yoga pants that he admittedly stole from an elderly woman’s residence was arrested again Sunday after allegedly burgling a house and stealing a truck.

Jessee Dalton Carey, 25, 1252 Christians Bend Road, Church Hill, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges of theft over $10,000 and aggravated burglary.

Around 10 a.m. Sunday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Stacy Vaughan responded to a stolen vehicle complaint at a residence on Smith Hollow Road in the Goshen Valley community south of Church Hill.

The victim reportedly told Vaughan that someone stole his 2007 GMC pickup that was parked on his front lawn between 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday.

Vaughan stated in his report that the victim also said he had located a bed sheet on his front porch that was taken from another residence on his property.

A countywide BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for the pickup.

Shortly after 12 p.m. Sunday, Mount Carmel Police Department Sgt. Cody Bussell located the pickup and conducted a traffic stop on Main Street at the Independence Avenue intersection.

Carey was identified as the driver.

Vaughan, who responded to the traffic stop, stated in his report that Carey admitted to taking the truck without permission and stated he intended to bring it back.

“Carey also stated he entered the residence and took a bed sheet, but left it behind when he stole the truck,” Vaughan added.

Carey was ordered held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond, and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 4 in Sessions Court.

At the time of his arrest Sunday, Carey was on probation stemming from a guilty plea on Aug. 5 in Sessions Court to aggravated criminal trespass, vandalism, and theft.

The charges stemmed from his April 6 arrest after the HCSO spotted Carey walking down Williams Road in the Christians Bend community wearing lady’s pink yoga pants, cowboy boots and a lady’s sweater.

Carey admitted to police he had burgled a 74-year-old woman’s home to get dry clothes after falling in the Holston River.

On Aug. 5, Carey was sentenced in Sessions Court to time served, 11 months and 29 days of probation, and he was ordered to continue mental health treatment.

In April 2017, Carey was sentenced to three years at 30 percent in Hawkins County Criminal Court on multiple charges including theft over $10,000, felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment related to a 2016 high speed chase in a stolen pickup he eventually crashed and rolled over.

Carey is on probation in Criminal Court on that conviction until 2020.

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