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Hawkins man nabbed on second attempt to steal four-wheeler

Jeff Bobo • Jul 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who, with an accomplice, abandoned attempts to steal one four-wheeler from a residence near Rogersville Wednesday was caught a short time later attempting to steal a four-wheeler from another, police said.

When Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Mark Harrell arrived at the scene of the second attempted theft on Everhart Road in the Persia community, he reportedly observed a red Chevy pickup stuck in a ditch with a four-wheeler attached by a chain.

Harrell also observed skid marks in the grass where the four-wheeler had been dragged about 25 feet.

A witness stated that one suspect ran into the woods before Harrell arrived, but Nicholas Shane Hoard, 22, 1323 Jarvis Road, Rogersville, was being detained at the scene by neighbors.

The initial theft attempt

At 6:42 a.m. Wednesday, Hawkins County Central Dispatch received a report about an attempted theft in progress on Henard road just south of Rogersville.

A witness stated that two males in a red Chevy pickup and wearing black hoodies and camouflage masks attempted to steal a four-wheeler from the residence.

The owner stated the four-wheeler was locked with a steel cable under his porch when he arrived home at 10 the previous night.

When Harrell examined the area, however, he reportedly found the cable cut and the four-wheeler to the side of the driveway. A pair of hip waders on the back of the four-wheeler were damaged during the attempted theft.

Suspect admits to both attempts

Ninety  minutes after the first call, Harrell was dispatched to a burglary in progress, where he found Hoard and the pickup stuck in the ditch.

Hoard allegedly admitted to attempting to steal the four-wheeler on Everhart Road as well as the one on Henard Road.

He was charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of attempted theft over $1,000, and vandalism. He was being held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set pending arraignment Monday in Sessions Court.

The Henard Street witness stated that he knew the second suspect as “Brandon.”

Anyone with information about the second suspect is asked to contact the HCSO at (423) 272-4848.

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