Suspects say they broke into 50-70 vehicles in Ft. Sanders in 2 days

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Four men arrested when officers tried serving an outstanding warrant in the downtown Knoxville area told investigators they "broke into" dozens of cars in the Ft. Sanders area over a 2-day period, according to a Knoxville Police Dept. spokesperson.

James O'Laughlin III, 19, and an unidentified juvenile were both charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft $500-$1,000, Theft under $500, Possession Schedule VI, and Possession of Drug Parapernalia; while Chase Coward, 20, and Travis Shockley, 20, easch face charges of Possession Schedule VI and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The quartet were rounded up on Thursday. Three officers arrived at the apartment, 105 James Agee Street, on Thursday to serve the warrant after learning that the suspect was selling marijuana out of his home and breaking into cars. Several people were there when they arrived including the man for whom the warrant was issued.

Officers reportedly found a large cache of drugs and stolen property in the apartment, and that's when they told police they had broken into around fifty to seventy vehicles over the course of a couple of days.

Police noted that victims reports haven't substantiated that number, though they are still investigating the alleged robberies. Two victims have been found, so far; and authorities expect to find more.


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