Crimetracker: Surveillance video leads to burglary arrest

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn.(WVLT)--Sevier County deputies arrested a Knox County man in connection with several rental cabin burglaries.

Sheriff Ron Seals says surveillance video caught two people on March 31st breaking into a rental cabin in the Cedar Falls resort on Walden’s Creek Road. Officers were put on alert for a red Toyota 4-runner.

Around 10:30pm on April 19th, officers responded to a burglar alarm in the Hidden Mtn. resort. An officer passed the red Toyota in the area and turned and attempted to stop it.

The SUV took off and officers chased it into Sevierville, where they were assisted by Sevierville PD officers. Police say during the chase the occupants threw TV’s and electronics out the window of the SUV.

The suspects turned the 4-Runner's lights off and started driving in the opposite lanes of Hwy 66. Police stopped the chase.

A short time later Sevier County Deputies found the same vehicle, abandoned on Dyke Road off Douglas Dam Road.

After a search of the vehicle, they found more stolen property from burglaries and also a wallet containing the ID of a Stephen Russell of Knoxville.

Police got in touch with the owner of the SUV and he stated that he had left the it with Russell to be repaired. Investigators say further investigation showed one of the occupants of the car was Stephen Wayne Russell age 42 of Knoxville.

Warrants were issued for Russell but detectives were unable to locate him at that time. Russell was arrested this morning May 17th at 1012 Kingland Ave. Knoxville by the U.S. Marshals Smoky Mtn. Fugitive Task Force and transported to Sevier County Jail.

Russell is charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Burglary and also will be facing charges connected with the pursuit that occurred on April 19th.

He also had an outstanding warrant out of Sevier County stemming from a violation of probation charge in 2012. Russell is awaiting arraignment at time of release and will be arraigned before a Magistrate.

More arrest are also pending in the case by Sevier County Detectives.


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