Crime spree short lived for man charged with theft


star staff


  A Carter County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged in connection with several local thefts and burglaries after he was caught in Johnson City driving a truck stolen from Carter County.
  George Lawerance "Larry" Barnard III, 20, 112 Quincy Parlier Rd., was arrested Tuesday around 5 p.m. by Carter County Sheriff's Department Inv. Laverne Julian and charged with theft over $1,000, theft under $500 and two counts of auto burglary.
  The investigation that led to the arrest of Barnard began shortly before 5:45 a.m. on Aug. 5, when Bennett Solomon, of 106 Bowman Rd., reported to the Carter County Sheriff's Department that someone had stolen his gray 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck while it was parked in front of his residence.
  "On this same date at 6:32 a.m., Adam Pierson, who resides at 165 Bowman Rd., reported that his 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier had been entered and a hand-held radio that was issued to him by a volunteer fire department had been taken along with a pack of cigarettes and two bottles of cologne," Julian states in his report.
  A short time after the burglary of Pierson's vehicle was reported, Peggy Peterson, who resides at 314 Sunrise Dr., said that while she was at the Super Food on U.S. Highway 91, someone stole her pocketbook from her parked vehicle while she was inside the store. "When she started out the door, she noticed a male running from her vehicle who got in a small gray truck and left the scene," Julian said. "Mrs. Peterson states that her pocketbook and its contents were missing from her car."
  Later that day, Johnson City Police Department officers became engaged in a vehicle pursuit of a gray Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and learned that the truck was reported stolen out of Carter County. Details were unavailable on Wednesday as to why police were in a vehicle pursuit of the truck, which officers later determined was being driven by Barnard. At that time, JCPD officers arrested Barnard.
  "In the truck were items from Mrs. Peterson's pocketbook and also the hand-held radio from Mr. Pierson's vehicle," states Julian in his report. "On August 7, 2004, an interview was conducted with Mr. Barnard at the Washington County Jail. Mr. Barnard admitted to the crimes and gave a written statement."