Man, woman charged in car burglaries appear in court

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A man and woman who were arrested and charged with a string of auto burglaries just over a week ago appeared in General Sessions Court this week.
   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 at the time of their arrest. Additional charges of one count of vandalism and one count of theft under $500 were later filed against Greyless in relation to other incidents of auto burglary.
   According to reports, at approximately 9 p.m. on July 20, 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 they had pulled into the business' parking lot when they noticed a white male subject standing beside a Nissan Altima and a white female subject standing next to a brown Mercury Grand Marquis.
   When the witness drove by, his wife noticed the male had his hand inside the door, according to reports. The two suspects got in the Mercury and pulled out headed South on 19E, the witnesses stated to officers. The witness and his wife were able to take down the tag number of the car driven by the suspects.
   Upon investigation, it was discovered that a total of five vehicles at the lot had been broken into. Nothing was taken from the Nissan Altima which the witnesses had observed the two suspects near. However, car stereos were stolen from a Dodge Sprint, a Jeep Cherokee, a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a Honda Prelude.
   CCSD Inv. Laverne Julian responded to Puckett's Auto Sales and was able to lift finger prints from the vehicles which had been broken into.
   During his investigation, Julian checked the tag number that the witnesses had seen on the Mercury Grand Marquis the subjects had left the car lot in. Through information he gained using the vehicle's registration, Julian was able to locate Adam's residence in Johnson City.
   Julian then went to Adam's residence in Johnson City and spoke to her about the burglaries. Adams then admitted to the investigator that she had taken part in the burglaries at Puckett's Auto Sales and informed officers of other locations that she and Greyless, whom she implicated in the crime, had also broken into that night.
   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.
   Greyless was later arrested at his residence and admitted to officers that he had taken part in the burglaries and provided investigators with information about other burglaries he was involved in.
   The charges against Adams were bound over to a Grand Jury at her court appearance in General Sessions Court on Monday. Her next court appearance will be on Sept. 12 in Criminal Court.
   The case against Greyless was continued until Friday, where he will once again appear in General Sessions Court.