Man charged with stealing car

By Abby Morris-Frye
star staff

  A Roan Mountain man was arrested Friday afternoon after he reportedly stole a vehicle from the residence of a Hampton couple.
  Raymond Keith McKinney, 30, 45 Campbell Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Laverne Julian and charged with theft of property over $10,000 and auto burglary.
  According to reports, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday, officers of the Carter County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the residence of James Norris and his wife at 503 U.S. Highway 321, Hampton, on a report of a stolen vehicle.
  "Upon arrival, Mr. Norris stated that his wife had just arrived home in their 2004 Buick Lasabre and had carried her grandchildren into the home," states Julian in his report. "When she went back out to the car to get some more things the car was gone."
  Officers spoke with neighbors at the scene who advised that they had seen a male subject in the area acting suspiciously. "The witness watched the man then open the door to a 1983 Chevrolet S-10 truck and get inside," Julian states in his report. "The man then exited the truck. The witness, not recognizing the man, asked the man if he needed anything."
  Another neighbor reported also having talked to the male suspect and both witnesses gave the same description of the man they saw.
  At that time, Norris reported to officers that his vehicle was equipped with the OnStar system.
  "OnStar was notified of the theft and responded with the vehicle's location being in the parking lot of Elk Mills Store on Highway 321 near the Johnson County line," Julian states in his report. "Deputy John Henson Jr. was the first on the scene at the Elk Mills Store. Deputy Henson stated that the car was sitting in the parking lot running, but was unattended."
  Henson then went inside the restaurant located adjacent to the store and located a male subject matching the description given by the two neighbors at the scene. At that time, the man was identified as McKinney and Henson detained him for questioning.
  "Mr. McKinney stated he didn't know anything about the car and he was dropped off at the store," Julian states in his report. "Fingerprints were taken from the car. Mr. McKinney's picture was placed in a photo line-up and was identified by a witness."