Jonesborough man charged in Trading Post burglary

By Kathy Helms-Hughes


   A Jonesborough man, arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Laverne Julian on a charge of criminal impersonation, has been charged with Thursday's burglary of the Valley Forge Trading Post.
   According to Sgt. George Skeans of the sheriff's department's Criminal Investigation Division, Charles Rick Jones, 43, 3908 Old Jonesborough Road, has been charged with burglary and theft over $10,000. Jones was in jail at the time on the criminal impersonation charge and a juvenile attachment served by Deputy Gene Moreland. Jones was arrested Saturday by Deputy Fred Sluder on a warrant issued by Sgt. Skeans. He is being held without bond and has a hold placed on him for Washington County, where he also has charges pending.
   Jerry Street, owner of the Trading Post, 4060 Hwy. 19E, reported around 3:40 p.m. Thursday to Deputy Gregg Nave that an older male with gray hair came in and sold him a dolly. While Street was at Blackberry Station, he observed a blue vehicle pulling out of his parking lot and found that his front doors had been kicked in and a display case containing rings, pocket watches, knives, and jewelry was missing.
   Street said the vehicle left the store traveling in the direction of Hampton. Officers searched the area without success.
   Skeans said Jones confessed to the burglary during an interview at the sheriff's department. Most of the items have been recovered, he said.