Chopped vehicle leads to Elizabethton man's arrest

From Staff Reports

   An Elizabethton man was arrested Tuesday by Special Agent Dan Bowman of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division following investigation stemming from the March 19 recovery of a stolen and chopped 1998 Toyota 4-Runner.
   Kenny Ray Taylor, 45, 109 Kuhn Road, was charged with theft over $10,000 in a presentment returned Monday by a Carter County Grand Jury. According to Agent Bowman, Lt. Rocky Croy of Carter County Sheriff's Department recovered the stolen vehicle March 19 at Taylor's residence.
   The vehicle, which belonged to Jeff Largent of Elizabethton, had been reported stolen in Beech Mountain, N.C. It was found stripped and sitting on a trailer at Taylor's residence.
   Bowman said Taylor came to the sheriff's department the day the vehicle was recovered and wanted to know what officers were doing on his property. During an interview, Taylor gave officers consent to search his home.
   Lt. Jamie Jenkins, Sgt. Randy Bowers, Investigator Audrey Covington and Agent Bowman returned to Taylor's residence and recovered the remaining components of the vehicle, including the dash cluster, under a blue tarp at the entrance to the home.
   Bowman said the insurance claim on the vehicle totaled $22,700.
   Taylor was being held Tuesday evening in Carter County Jail on $15,000 bond.