Deputies arrest two, looking for third suspect in string of burglaries

STRAWBERRY PLAINS, Tenn. (WVLT)- It's been a busy week for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, as they sift through more than $25,000 worth of belongings that were stolen.

At least 10 homes were burglarized in Strawberry Plains.

Sheriff G.W. Bud McCoig tells Local 8 News he estimates more than $50,000 worth was stolen.

"We have a computer that's missing, some jewelry that's missing and we have some guns we still need to locate," he says.

They've got an even bigger job, finding Kayla Cline, 23, the sheriff believes she and two other men are responsible for the break-ins.

"She has other theft warrants that we've obtained also."

Timothy McGhee, 20, was caught breaking into a home on Whitaker Road.

Just minutes after, Thomas Sparks, 42, was caught driving their get away truck.

Deputies found Cline's purse in that truck, they believe she took off through the woods.

"She was later observed on the road walking and the subject picked her up and gave her a ride not knowing she had just broken into a house," says Sheriff McCoig.

The homeowners didn't want to go on camera but, tell Local 8 News they were out of town for a funeral when this happened Sunday afternoon.

What was even more upsetting to them, the person accused of breaking-in, Kayla Cline, was their cousin.

"We would like you to call 9-1-1 if you see her so we can get her into custody."

Deputies searched McGhee's house and found a mask and other tools, they believe were used in the break-ins.

"Thomas Sparks and the young lady sold 40-thousand dollars worth of tools here in Jefferson county that were stolen out of Knox County."

They don't believe Cline is dangerous but, want her behind bars.

"Everyone from Knox County and Jefferson County are working together and we just appreciate the public's help," says Sheriff McCoig.


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