The Blount County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Knoxville teenager on four felony charges Wednesday, Oct. 9, involving burglary and motor vehicle theft.
The 16-year-old, who was on probation in Knox County but had removed an ankle bracelet monitor, was being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a 9 a.m. hearing today, Oct. 10, in Blount County Juvenile Court.
The boy is charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle by delinquent, two counts of burglary of a vehicle by delinquent and one charge of misdemeanor evading arrest by delinquent.
BCSO said the juvenile was a suspect in some vehicle thefts and burglaries in the area and fled on foot when they made contact with him Wednesday on Daisy Circle.
After a search that lasted more than two hours deputies found the boy in a field near Pea Ridge Road. He had been reported missing out of Knoxville by a family member about two weeks ago.
Investigators believe that over the past week the boy stole a 2007 Jeep Limited from a residence on Green Road as well as a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck from a residence on Pea Ridge Road, according to the BCSO.
Both vehicles were recovered Sunday in the area of Pea Ridge Road but were damaged.
The teen also is charged with the theft of a Glock 27 handgun from a vehicle at a residence on Pea Ridge Road, although a BCSO spokeswoman BCSO said Wednesday the gun had not yet been recovered.
The other charge of burglary of a vehicle is based on what BCSO said was an attempt by the boy to steal a vehicle that was then abandoned in the driveway.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation is continuing, and additional charges could be filed.