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Pilfered cups lead SCSO to store burglary suspect

From staff reports • Nov 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County man is facing numerous charges after allegedly leaving a trail of stolen items to his residence following the burglary of a convenience store. 

According to Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Seabolt, deputies responded just before midnight Thursday to the B Mart (4990 Highway 11-W) in reference to a burglary.

 The store manager reviewed video footage and observed a multicolored Ford F-150 back through the gate, causing damage. The video also captured the male driver, whose face was covered by a mask, attempting enter the store through the front door. 

 He was also wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black boots. 

 When the suspect failed to gain entry into the business, he broke into the storage building behind it. He took a large amount of food from a freezer as well as a green ladder, an extension cord on a reel, a red dolly and several packages of cups.

On Friday afternoon, a trail of cups was followed from B Mart to a mobile home park on Bancroft Chapel Road, where a multicolored Ford truck matching the vehicle in the video footage was parked. Food items, Shop Vacs and cups from the B Mart were observed in the bed of the truck, Seabolt said.

 Detectives then responded to 188 Bancroft Chapel Road, Lot 18. After several minutes, they made contact at the front door with a male identified as Timothy Castle, 29, of that address.

 Castle reportedly denied any knowledge of the B Mart incident. 

The homeowner gave consent for officers to search the property, where they found the stolen food items in the refrigerator; the red dolly in the kitchen; and the ladder, extension cords and cups in an open canopy in the yard, Seabolt said.

Castle was still wearing the blue jeans that he had worn during the theft, Seabolt said. In his bedroom, detectives found a pair of black boots, a black jacket containing the keys to the pickup and the mask that Castle had worn in the video, Seabolt added.

Castle was arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Jail.

He is charged with burglary, theft of property over $2,500 and vandalism.

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