JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Faye Bacon got a big surprise when she went to check on her rental home in New Market a few weeks ago:
"I found my door kicked in, all the house was ransacked - it was awful," said Bacon.
The crooks stole her grandson's snowboards and motorcycle helmets, along with his body armor vest.
"He did a tour in Afghanistan and Iraq and when there, they had the bullet proof vests that they'd wear when they go out on patrols," said David Seals, Bacon's son.
Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig said deputies investigated 14 other home burglaries around the same time - the stolen property was worth thousands.
"One of my deputies retrieved some information from one of the area homeowners that a vehicle had been seen in the area, and got a good description of the vehicle - a grey, 4-wheel drive vehicle with Toyota on the back window," said McCoig,
Deputies on patrol recently spotted it in Dandridge and arrested the driver, Michael McPherson, when they found stolen property inside. The Sheriff said McPherson led deputies to Jefferson City, where they found more stolen property inside Richard Gray's truck and apartment.
"We found a lot of items. We found snowboards, camera equipment, jewelry, a lot of it," said McCoig.
Deputies charged McPherson and Gray with 15 counts of aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. They're also facing drug charges.
David Seals said he's grateful his son's snowboards, helmets and vest were found, but said he still can't believe they were taken in the first place.
"Me and my son both - I spent 28 years in the service - we protect this country so people can have rights and it really upsets me when people come and just violate them," said Seals.
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