PHOTOS: Authorities find dozens of stolen vehicles, equipment on Bluff City, TN property

SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office held a news conference Monday afternoon about the recent recovery of dozens of stolen vehicles and equipment.

According to authorities, they received a tip that lead them to several stolen items at the property located in the 200 block of Morrell Creek Road in Bluff City. 

Deputies executed a search warrant at the property on Friday and found a slew of stolen vehicles and equipment.

The following items were recovered:

5 cars
25 trucks
12 motorcycles
1 camper
4 trailers
4 boats
4 razors (scooter)
10 golf carts
8 lawnmowers
3 tractors
100 miscellaneous pieces of fishing gear
1 air compressor

Sheriff Fred Newman from the Washington County, VA Sheriff’s and Sheriff Wayne Anderson with Sullivan County held the joint news conference. Several agencies assisted including the Kingsport and Bristol, TN police departments.

The investigation began April 22 when Meade Tractor reported to the Washington County, VA Sheriff’s Office that six of their zero-turn lawnmowers, worth around $44,000, had been stolen.

“We got a phone call on Sunday afternoon stating that the fence had been cut,” Vice President of Operation for Meade Tractors of Abingdon, Chad Beasley said. Beasley said he was shocked and frustrated when he first realized six pieces of equipment were stolen.

A lead was traced to the location in Bluff City where the stolen items were discovered. Beasley said he’s happy to know where his equipment is.

“This is the largest amount of stolen property that I’ve ever heard of in Sullivan County,” Sheriff Anderson said. “It will probably go to be about a million dollars.”

No arrests have been made but Sheriff Newman said they are taking the necessary steps.

“We know of at least two that were involved that reside in and around that residence,” Newman said. “But we feel like there are other persons that obviously are involved in this big of an operation.”

Anderson said there is still a lot of work to be done in this investigation.

“We’ve got to prove who the owner is, where it was stolen. Try to find when it was stolen, did they make a police report on it? We’ve just got a lot of stuff to run down,” Anderson said.

Beasley said the people responsible were caught on camera and enhancing video security is a top priority. “We’re looking to enhance our short range video capabilities as well as our long range capabilities,” Beasley said.

All of the stolen property was taken to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. If your property was stolen, contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office to see if it was among the items recently found.



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