CCSD recovers three stolen vehicles

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF

   Members of Carter County Sheriff's Department recovered three stolen vehicles Monday at two separate locations. Two of the vehicles had been wrecked.
   Sgt. Keith Range discovered the first two after he responded early in the day to an accident on Chambers Drive at the intersection of Byers Road in the Keenburg Community.
   When Sgt. Range arrived, there were no drivers at the scene. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that both vehicles involved in the accident were stolen. One of them, a red 1993 Ford F-250 owned by Edward Blevins, 186 Sandmine Road, was taken from his residence sometime during the night. The second vehicle, a brown 1985 Cadillac belonging to Bill Shoun, 1062 Hwy. 321, was taken from his residence in Hampton sometime after 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
   "I ran the tags and had Com Center try to get hold of the owner of the Cadillac, Bill Shoun. He advised the last time he saw his vehicle it was in his driveway," Sgt. Range said.
   The officer correctly guessed that the second vehicle involved also might have been stolen. The owner, Blevins, was contacted and confirmed the officer's suspicions.
   "The stolen Cadillac was hit by the stolen pickup," Range said. "The Cadillac was totaled." Both vehicles were taken to the sheriff's department for processing.
   Shortly thereafter, a 1996 Chevrolet truck was found abandoned on Dennis Cove Road in Hampton. Upon investigation, it was learned that that vehicle, too, had been stolen from around the same area.
   "So apparently the thieves stole those two vehicles, wrecked them, then went on up the road a little way, stole another one and dumped it on Dennis Cove," Sgt. Range said. Charges are pending.