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Thursday, 07 October 2021 16:14

Smithville, TN, Police Arrest Man for Breaking into and Stealing from Local Auto Body Shop

Written by Dwayne Page, WJLE News

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A Cannon County, TN, man who broke into a local auto body shop and stole a car and thousands of dollars worth of tools has been caught thanks to the Smithville Police Department.

Joseph Morgan, 22, of Sycamore Creek Road, Woodbury, is charged with burglary, felony theft and felony evading. His bond is $56,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on Oct. 21.

 

According to Smithville Police Chief Mark Collins and Lieutenant Detective James Cornelius, Morgan pried open a side door and entered Custom Collision Auto Body & Repair on South Congress Boulevard around 11 p.m. Oct. 2. Once inside, Morgan found a Kia Soul which belonged to a customer that was in the shop for repairs and began loading into the car thousands of dollars worth of tools along with the shop’s DVR surveillance system.

 

While Morgan was still inside the business, a Smithville police officer was on patrol in the area and spotted three people behind Smithville Elementary School who were there dumpster diving. The officer got the identities of the three and ordered them to leave.

 

Not knowing Morgan was inside the body shop a few feet away, the officer left the area and continued patrolling around Food Lion, where he found people behind that store. When he chased them away, the officer returned to patrol the parking lot of the county complex and noticed Morgan near the shop.

 

Morgan had opened the bay door from inside the shop and driven the Kia Soul out of the building. After Morgan saw the officer, he sped away. The officer pursued the vehicle and was joined by other officers.

 

Although police couldn’t catch up to it at the time, the car was later found abandoned off Holmes Creek Road near Redneck Beach but the stolen tools were not in it.

 

During his investigation, Cornelius learned...


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