Burglary suspect nabbed after hundreds of tipsters identified him from video

Jeff Bobo • Jan 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — After the Times-News posted surveillance footage two weeks ago of a residential burglary in progress, the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office received hundreds of calls from tipsters.

HCSO Detective Lt. Eve Jackson told the Times-News Monday that a the vast majority of those tipsters said there was no doubt in their mind that the burglary suspect caught on video was Shon Dale Tilson, 37, 226.5 Hillcrest Street, Rogersville.

On Dec. 17, the suspect was captured on surveillance video at a residence on New Life Road, just west of Route 66 near a community known as Klondike at the southern base of Clinch Mountain.

“All but two or three were sure it was him on video,” Jackson said. “Of the two or three that weren’t positive, they said they weren’t sure but it could be him. But, everybody else who called was 100 percent sure. No doubt in their minds.”

An aggravated burglary warrant was issued for Tilson last Wednesday.

Shortly after noon Friday HCSO Deputy Bobby Moffitt reportedly spotted Tilson’s red Ford Bronco parked at Pizza Plus on Rt. 66 in Rogersville.

“I then went in the store to locate him,” Moffitt said. “The store employees stated he was there with his two kids, and left without paying. I then went to KFC and spoke to employees who stated they saw a male and two kids running behind their store going toward Long John Silvers.”

Moffitt then reportedly observed Tilson running back toward Pizza Plus with his two children, at which time Tilson was taken into custody.

Tilson did pay for his children’s lunch before being taken to jail.

When Moffitt asked why he ran with his children, Tilson reportedly replied, “I didn’t want to go to jail. I’m out on bond.”

Tilson was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on the original aggravated burglary charge, as well as an additional charge of evading arrest.

As of Monday he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond.

HCSO Detective Ken Sturgill is investigating a rash of burglaries that occurred in the rural area northeast of Rogersville between Rt. 31 and Rt. 66 in early December.

Although Tilson was only charged with one count of burglary, Sturgill said Tilson is suspected in at least 12 residential burglaries in that area.

Sturgill asks anyone who recently purchased items from Tilson, or has any information about those recent burglaries, to contact the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.

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