Four cars stolen across county on Thursday, Friday

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

   It only takes a few seconds for a criminal to act.
   On Thursday and Friday, four county residents became the victims of a crime that has been depicted in popular movies such as "Gone in 60 Seconds" and in video games such as "Grand Theft Auto." On those two days last week, four cars were stolen from various locations in Carter County and in the City of Elizabethton.
   The first vehicle was reported stolen Thursday morning. At that time, Shannon Sigma, of 1018 Oak Street, reported to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Tonya Range that his vehicle had been stolen from a residence on Arney Street. "Mr. Sigma advised he had parked his 1992 Chevrolet Camaro behind the residence while he was mowing the yard of some family friends," Range states in her report. "Mr. Sigma stated he went around the residence to put the lawn mower away and thought he had left the vehicle at his residence or that his wife had taken it."
   According to the report, Sigma then walked back to his residence on Oak Street and spoke to his wife and children. "It was then he realized the vehicle was stolen," Range states in her report, adding that Sigma advised her that he had left the keys in the vehicle.
   The vehicle is described as a 25th Anniversary Edition Camaro, maroon in color with a black "bra" on the front.
   Later on Thursday evening, a vehicle was reported stolen in the Stoney Creek community.
   At that time, James Lydick, 1688 Highway 91, reported to Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. B.L. Huffman that someone had stolen his vehicle from his residence while he was away for the day. "He stated that the car was there when he left (Thursday) at 4:30 a.m. and when he returned at 6 p.m. it was gone," Huffman states in his report.
   Lydick's vehicle is described as a white, two-door 1993 Honda Civic with the words "Hobby not a crime" in white letters on the rear window of the vehicle.
   The third vehicle was reported stolen early Friday morning by a resident of Roan Mountain. Steve Turbyfill, of 142 Dolan Hollow Road, reported that his 1986 Buick Skylark had been stolen from his residence to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range.
   "On August 15, Steve Turbyfill reported that at 4:30 a.m. this morning he got up to discover that his vehicle was missing," Range states in his report. "Mr. Turbyfill stated that the keys were left in it."
   The Buick is described as being a four-door model which is maroon in color.
   The fourth vehicle which was reported stolen was taken from Charity Hill Road in the Siam community.
   Estel Estep, of 1401 Charity Hill Road, reported to CCSD Deputy Kevin Cable on Friday morning that his 1990 Chevrolet Lumina had been stolen from the driveway of his residence. "Mr. Estep advised that sometime between August 14 at approximately 9:30 p.m. and August 15 at approximately 6:45 a.m., an unknown perpetrator stole his (vehicle) from the driveway of his residence," Cable states in his report. "(Estep) advised that the keys were possibly left in the vehicle."
   The Lumina is described a being black in color and a four-door model.
   There is no current information to indicate that these crimes are related. Area residents are advised to secure their vehicles before leaving them unattended.