Pair accused of planning to torch stolen van

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Police said two Knoxville men were planning on burning a van they had stolen when they were arrested early Tuesday morning. Robert John Wooten, 30, and Charles Edward Grubb, 32, were both charged with Theft of a motor vehicle and Felony vandalism and are being held on $10,000 bond.

According to police, an officer spotted the two men around 2:20 a.m. At the time, the officer said they were vandalizing the 1999 Ford E350 Box Van and called for back up. Wooten and Grubb were draining the vehicle's gas into a 5 gallon gas can when police approached them and officers noted that more gas had been poured inside the van.

The van was reportedly stolen from Sterling Window Co. on Pleasant Ridge Rd. where police police said Grubb used to work.


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