Thieves Prey On Mother Of Critically Injured Officer

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Sevierville (WVLT) - Thieves prey on the mother of a critically injured police officer just days after the mother has a heart attack. Luckily, sheriff's deputies in Sevier County were on guard.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy was the only TV reporter on the scene.

Just when the family of Pigeon Forge Police Lieutenant Steve Helton thought things couldn't get any worse, they did.

The Sevier County Sheriffs Office says just after 1 p.m. Friday, neighbors called about someone breaking in to the injured lieutenants mothers' home. She's been in the hospital because she had a heart attack after she visited her son in the hospital.

Lieutenant Helton was injured in a hit and run accident early Wednesday morning. The sheriff's office says three people broke into the back window of the home and used a ladder to climb inside.

The sheriff's office says they took a semi-automatic rifle, 38 caliber pistol and some jewelry. The sheriff's office says they also drive off in the family's Ford Expedition.

Sheriff's deputies chased the vehicle for four miles, then it crashed. They took the woman driving into custody and chased down her male passenger. Sheriff's deputies also took another female into custody at her home in Sevierville. The sheriff's office says everything that was taken has been recovered except for the pistol.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office says this crime was personal.

"Our heart goes out to them. We've known Steve, actually, Steve started his career here at this department, and again, our hearts go out to the family, and we wish them the best of luck in the world, and our prayers go out to them," Captain Jeff McCarter said.

All three people are just in custody, they are not arrested. Detectives are interviewing them right now and they expect to make the full arrest Friday evening.

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  • by Ron Location: Sevierville, TN on Sep 4, 2007 at 11:52 PM
    I am so sick of these crackheads in this county. Anyone who would break in and steal someone else's property should have their hands chopped off like they do in the middle east! It sickens me to think that anybody could be so callous, cruel and heartless to take advantage of a poor old woman whose life is in such turmoil. I am just beside myself, if you can't get a job and support yourself like a productive citizen even though you are physically and mentally able to do so, you should really consider suicide.
  • by maggie nola on Sep 2, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    whoa. some people suck.
  • by Tony Location: Sevierville on Sep 2, 2007 at 12:18 AM
    To the person that called the sheriff's department, thank you! I'm glad you had the day off and were so observant. Our family thanks you very much! And, I thank our law enforcement team for handling things so quickly. It's shortly after midnight on 9/2 and I just returned home from the hospital and Steve is still in CCU but signs are positive as far as his vital sign indicators. Please Pray! His mother is progressing well, and in a room vs. ICU. His wife and sons are holding it together, and the support of so many family and friends is much appreciated.
  • by Jean Location: Pigeon Forge on Sep 1, 2007 at 08:34 PM
    Low Life SCUM is what the worthless thiefs are. I bet none of them ever held a job. Worthless no goods ... Probably on dope and jobless. They sould be "fixed" so they don't breed!!
  • by I live next door. Location: Sevierville on Sep 1, 2007 at 06:21 PM
    I live next door to these folks...I was the one who called it in to the sheriff's dept. I also gave a full description of both the females...I hope they lock'em up and throw away the key!!!
  • by Nikki Location: Sevierville on Sep 1, 2007 at 07:03 AM
    That is awesome that neighbors in Sevier County watch out for their own! I say kudos to this family's neighbor. I saw the news broadcast last night with the three that broke in's pictures...I can't remember what their names are (only first names); Could you please put that information on the web. Thank you WVLT for covering news in my area!
  • by Frank Location: Pigeon Forge on Aug 31, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    Low-life dirt bags ! I wish i could have a few minutes alone with them. If isn't that Steve and his mom do not already have a life and death battle, now these animals take advantage of a situation for their gain. I hope the judge makes an example of them, hopefully worse than the Soller character was handed for his many arrests


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