The Cannon County Sheriff's Department is investigating two recent thefts of property which were reported by residents of Joe Blanton Road.
Deputy Randy Neal was dispatched to 259 Joe Blanton Road on Jan. 2 for a report of a stolen four-wheeler. He spoke with Douglas Carrick, who said he did not know when the four-wheeler, valued at over $8,700, was stolen, but believed it was during the last two days. Carrick said the four-wheeler was behind a building, covered up, and could not be seen from the road. Carrick said another four-wheeler was sitting out in front of the building with the key in it, but was not taken. Deputy Neal sent of copy of his report to Cannon County 911 to be entered into NCIC.
Cannon County Sheriff Darrell Young was dispatched to 297 Joe Blanton Road on Jan. 4 in reference to a burglary that had just occurred. Upon arrival he was met by Shauna Carrick, who advised that her aunt, Mary Solomon, lived next door and she (Carrick) had just observed a man run from the back door. The subject was described as wearing a red cap, brown jacket and blue jeans. He had a skinny build and stood between 5'8" to 5'10" tall. He took off running north down Joe Blanton Rd. The back door of the residence had the window broken out by a brick that was lying on the porch. Inside were two prescription bottles lying on the kitchen floor. Both were empty. No prints were found on the bottles or door knob. The investigation is ongoing.
In other recent incidents reported to the CCSD:
• Deputies Travis Turney and Reed Bryson met with Maurice Karl Bather on Dec. 30 to take a theft report. Bather said he owned a home on John Raines Road which was in poor condition and had recently been leveled. Adjacent to the former home was a shed in which Bather said he was storing copper wire an an antique stove. Bather said the items were in the shed the last time he had checked, approximately two weeks earlier. He said he was not sure when they were allegedly stolen. Bather said the suspect(s) ran over the gate on his property to gain entrance. The antique stove was valued at $350.
• Deputies Travis Turney and Reed Bryson were dispatched to 318 Coopers Rock Lane on Dec. 30 to take a report of a vehicle that had been burned. Upon arrival they were met by Jimmie Cooper, who stated his 2002 Dodge Ram pickup caught on fire as he drove into his driveway. Cooper said he saw smoke coming from the vents of his vehicle. Cooper's truck was parked in front of his residence and was a complete loss. The deputies informed Cooper a report would be written for insurance purposes.
• Deputy Randy Neal was dispatched to 253 Lonnie Smith Rd. on Jan. 1 to take a property damage report. He spoke with Terry Pirtle, who stated that at around 1 a.m. someone ran off the road and hit the end of the culvert of his driveway, causing damage to the concrete cow statue located there. Pirtle said that his wife saw the truck sitting in the ditch and called for him to go see if anyone was hurt, but before he could get out to the truck the driver left the scene, causing damage to his fence by running through it. The truck in question is a red Nissan that is missing a tailgate and could have body damage to the front and rear.
• Deputy Matthew Parsley was dispatched to 47 Curlee Church Rd. on Jan. 1 in reference to a theft from an outbuilding. He spoke with Richard McLaughlin, who stated that someone entered his outbuilding and took a bench grinder and biker tee shirts.
• Deputy Travis Turney met with Lisa Mathis at the Sheriff's Department on Dec. 30 to take a theft report. Mathis stated her vehicle registration, wheel tax and state tax stickers, and CD player was stolen from her vehicle sometime within the past week. The CD player was valued at $250.
• Deputy Tommy Barker went to 8199 Jim Cummings Hwy. on Jan. 4 to take a property damage report. He spoke with Charles Jakes, said that at around 9 a.m. he was traveling south on Jim Cummings Hwy. when he observed a tractor trailer hauling scrap metal pull out from the area of McMahan Transport Co. Jakes said he slowed down and was about 300 feet behind the tractor trailer near the intersection of Iconium Rd. and Hwy. 53S when a piece of metal flew out of the uncovered trailer, causing him to serve to miss it. When the tractor trailer reached the area of Highway 53 Market, several more pieces of metal flew out. Jakes said that due to oncoming traffic he was unable to swerve to miss the metal, causing damage to his driver's side tire. The tire is valued at $195. Jakes provided Deputy Barker information to help identify the tractor trailer.
• Sheriff Darrell Young was dispatched to the 5000 block of McMinnville Hwy. on Jan. 4 in reference to a deer which had struck a vehicle. He spoke with the driver, Eugene Adam of McMinnville, who said he was driving on Highway 70 when his car was struck by a deer. There was considerable damage to the left front headlight assembly, left front fender, left side driver and rear passenger doors. Adam had to exit the vehicle from the passenger side because the driver's side door would not open. A report was made for Adam's insurance company.