Crimetracker: Unexpected busts stems from burglary investigation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Deputies showed up to Joshua Thomas' home on Woods-Smith Road Thursday looking for Sarah Smith. The Blount County Sheriff's Office wanted to question Smith in connection with several burglaries.

As they waited for Thomas to open the door, they noticed a motorcycle parked in his driveway. They ran the tags and discovered it was stolen out of Blount County back in 2010.

"I saw them wheel a motorcycle down to the road and load it on top of a roll-back," said neighbor Danny Cashmore.

Cashmore and Elizabeth Erby watched the whole thing unfold. They couldn't make it out of their driveway because there were so many officers.

"We were stuck here - we didn't want to interfere with them coming in and out. So we let them just use the driveway and do what they had to do until it was over - which was about 7 o'clock," said Erby.

Thomas told deputies all of the vehicles outside of the home belonged to him and said he would up with the motorcycle after trading a four wheeler for it. Deputies searched his home and also found a stolen handgun, reported missing last January in Knox County. Thomas isn't allowed to have a gun, since he has an order of protection against him.

"That definitely scares me because somebody who is carrying around a stolen firearm, they're not obviously obeying the laws that go with firearms. And I've got two small children and the last thing we need is something like that going on right next door," said Dawn James, another neighbor.

Deputies also found six unopened viles of a clear liquid during their search, which they believe is steroids.

Thomas faces two counts of theft and manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

As for Sarah Smith, she turned herself in at the Blount County Sheriff's Office. She faces one count of identity theft.

The Metropolitan Drug Commission said steroids are not a big problem in East Tennessee. The latest stats show less than five percent of Knox County high school students have ever used illegal steroids.


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