JCPD: Pair arrested in connection with South Roan Street burglaries

Charles Bartz and Hope Dunford
Charles Bartz and Hope Dunford

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Police Department officers arrested a man wanted for not paying child support on theft and burglary charges Sunday.

According to a JCPD news release, on Sept. 15 officers responded to 2516 S. Roan St. where a red Ford ZX2 was at the seen of the burglary.

On Sunday, officers responded to a hit-and-run crash at Founders Park, where the Ford was seen a second time. Police stopped the vehicle at 137 W. Markets St.

The driver, Hope Dunford, was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.

Dunford’s passenger, Charles Bartz, 37, of Gray, had a warrant out of Johnson City Juvenile Court for failure to pay child support.

Bartz also reportedly matched the description of the suspect from the 2516 S. Roan St. burglary.

During the traffic stop, an attempted burglary was reported at 1914 S. Roan St.

Bartz was taken to the police department to be interviewed and admitted to both burglaries.

When officers responded to the attempted burglary on South Roan Street, Bartz and Dunford were identified as suspects in this attempted burglary.

Bartz was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft of property over $500. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $25,000 bond.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court Monday at 1:30 p.m.

According to the release, charges are pending against Dunford and Bartz in the attempted burglary at 2516 S. Roan St.

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