Video shows theft; Carter Co. sheriff seeks info

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – The Carter County Sheriff’s Office says it needs your help identifying the suspects in thefts that have occurred in the Warrior Estates area.

The sheriff’s office released surveillance video and images related to one of the thefts in that area.

“Why do people mess with your personal property,” John Kincer lives in the Warrior Estates neighborhood and said he’s a victim of these crimes.

He’s frustrated that thieves got into his truck.

“I’ve done it twice, left it unlocked, and they’ve got it both times,” Kincer said.

The first time, the thieves took seat covers from his truck. The second time, he left nothing inside for them to take.

Surveillance video from a home in that neighborhood shows what appears to be two men walking up to a dark SUV, one of them getting away with a hand full of items.

“One was a purse, one was a wallet, that was left in a vehicle, that had a small amount of cash, a couple of credit cards,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said, all of the 10 car burglary reports over the past three months in that neighborhood have all been unlocked.

Sheriff’s deputies are even patrolling the neighborhood looking for the two suspects.

“They’ve been in the area during the late hours trying to catch them in action,” Sheriff Lunceford said.

Others in the Warrior Estates neighborhood told us they’re anxious.

“People work hard for what they’ve got and they treasure what they got and they need to stop,” Ronnie Hall said.

Sheriff Lunceford had a message for people in that community, Tuesday night.

“Please lock your cars, please. Don’t leave anything of value laying around and if you see anybody that and if you see anybody that’s suspicious in anyway shape or form, please call us,” Lunceford said.

He’s confident his team will find and arrest the suspects, “we’re coming to get you,” he said.

Lunceford added that the sheriff’s office is working a similar case in Hampton. As for the Elizabethton suspects, he feels they likely live in the area. They’re potentially facing felony auto burglary charges in this case.

If you think you may know who these people are or see anything suspicious, call the Carter County Sheriff’s Office at 542-1846, go to their website at  http://www.sheriff.cc or call 911.

Other tips to prevent car break-ins: Don’t leave valuables in plain sight and stow away those items before you park.

You never know who’s watching the lot for potential victims.

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