Two arrested in string of weekend burglaries

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A Johnson City woman and a Carter County man have been arrested and charged in connection with a string of car burglaries that occurred over the weekend at several local car lots.
   Cole Greyless, 26, 194 Reynolds Road, and Tamera Adams, 27, of 302 Princeton Road, Johnson City, were both charged with eight counts of auto burglary, eight counts of vandalism and five counts of theft under $500.
   According to reports, at approximately 9 p.m. on Sunday, Greyless and Adams were seen at Puckett's Auto Sales, located at 5103 Highway 19-E in Hampton. A man and his wife reported to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Shannon Deloach that the two had pulled into the business' parking lot when they noticed a white male standing beside a Nissan Altima and a white female standing next to a brown Mercury Grand Marquis.
   "When (the witness) drove by then, his wife noticed the male had his hand inside the door," Deloach states in his report. "The two suspects got in the Mercury and drove behind two semi car haulers. When (the witness) pulled out the two suspects pulled out and headed South on 19E." The witness and his wife were able to take down the tag number of the car driven by the suspects.
   After the witness and his wife observed the two suspects leave, they attempted to contact the owner of the car lot and then called 911. An employee of Puckett's Auto Sales, Gary Brewer, advised Deloach that the business' owner was out of town.
   Upon investigation, it was discovered that a total of five vehicles at the lot had been broken into. Car stereos were stolen from a Dodge Sprint, a Jeep Cherokee, a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a Honda Prelude.
   Deloach requested that an investigator respond to the scene for further investigation. CCSD Inv. Laverne Julian responded to the scene and was able to lift finger prints from the vehicles broken into.
   During his investigation, Julian checked the tag number witnesses had seen on the Mercury Grand Marquis the subjects had left the car lot in. The tag number was registered to Adams at a residence in Gray. Adams no longer lived there, but Julian was able to track her down by using records from the local electric system.
   Julian then went to Adam's residence on Princeton Road in Johnson City on Monday and spoke to her about the burglaries. "She more or less admitted to it and then she told me about the other car lots as well," Julian said, adding that as he was transporting Adams to the Carter County Jail, they stopped at two more car lots and she identified the vehicles she and the male subject, whom she identified as Greyless, had either burglarized or attempted to burglarize.
   At Rio Vista Motors, located at 2046 W. Elk Ave., the two broke into a 1992 Ford Probe and a 1988 Mazda truck, from which a stereo was stolen. The two also broke into a 1994 Nissan Altima at City Motors, 509 Broad St., and stole the stereo from that vehicle as well. A total of eight vehicles were broken into with five stereos being stolen.
   After Greyless was implicated in the crimes by Adams, officers took him into custody. "After he was picked up at his home and brought in for an interview he admitted to breaking into the cars," Julian said. According to Julian, Greyless also gave officers information about other area burglaries which he was involved in. Julian stated that charges in those cases are pending at this time.