ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for Brandon Lee West in connection with a fire, burglary and theft at Express Hauling near Rogersville Sunday morning.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said more than $100,000 worth of Snap-On tools, toolboxes, and a 1989 Nissan pickup were discovered stolen from Express Hauling, 224 Route 70-N Sunday morning when firefighters responded to a fire at the structure.
West was developed as a suspect early in the investigation, and on Sunday the HCSO reportedly discovered the truck at West’s residence located at 117 Taylor Lane, Rogersville.
After a search warrant was issued for the house and property, officers allegedly found a large quantity of Snap-On tools and toolboxes inside the residence, although West wasn’t home at the time.
On Wednesday, the HCSO issued a warrant charging West with burglary and theft over $60,000.
The cause of the Express Hauling fire hasn’t been confirmed, but state bomb and arson investigators have determined that the blaze wasn’t accidental. West is a person of interest related to the arson and the investigation is ongoing.
Lost in the fire were the Express Hauling building, three large dump trucks and office space. The value of the fire loss has not yet been determined.
West has 14 previous arrests in Hawkins County dating back to 2003, and had only been released from the Hawkins County Jail on Jan. 4 following his most recent arrest.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of West is asked to contact the HCSO at (423) 272-4848 or Hawkins County Central Dispatch at (423) 272-7121.