String of burglaries lead police to meth lab

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A string of car burglaries leads Blount Co. deputies to an inactive meth lab and lands Maryville two men in jail early Tuesday morning, according to the Blount Co. Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff James Lee Berrong said Joshua Dewayne Byrn, 22, and Gregory Read Stewart, 25, were both charged with Possession of Burglary Tools and Burglary of a Vehicle, while Byrn also faces a Initiating the Process of the Manufacture of Methamphetamine charge.

He explained that early Tuesday morning deputies responded to reports that two men were breaking into vehicles along Belmont Ave. Maryville Police Officers also showed up and together they started searching for the suspects.

They found Stewart first, hiding near a home on Dunn Ave., Berrong said. Byrn was then found in the home he shared with Stewart, reportedly with burglary tools, a mask, and a backpack containing some of the stolen items.

While int he home on Wildwood Rd., deputies also said they found an inactive, "one pot" meth lab, which they don't think has been used in a while.

Stewart, who faces two additional charges of violating probation, is being held on bonds totaling $8,000. Bond has not been set yet for Byrn. They are both due in court n December 30.


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