Televisions targeted in multiple OC burglaries

Televisions targeted in multiple OC burglaries
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Local authorities are investigating a rash of home burglaries that have occurred around Obion County in recent days.
Being targeted by thieves are televisions, according to Chief Deputy Kent Treece with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
“This time of year, we typically deal with an increase in residential burglaries,” Treece told The Messenger today. “People need to be extra vigilant when they’re not home and even leave some lights on and have neighbors keep an eye on their property. Local residents can also call the sheriff’s department at 885-5832 and have an extra watch put on their property.”
On Thursday night, Jenny Morehead of 6217 Obion-Elbridge Road in southwest Obion County reported she returned home from a church event around 9:15 and discovered the back door to her residence was ajar and a 42-inch flat screen television in her living room had been stolen. Also, several drawers were left open and some jewelry had been taken from a curio cabinet.
It is estimated the total value of the jewelry and the television will be close to $1,000, according to Treece.
A second burglary in southwest Obion County was reported Saturday afternoon by Katey Stover of 1146 Oak Ridge Road. She told deputies she left her house early Saturday and when she returned home about 3:30 p.m. Saturday she discovered her 52-inch Samsung flat screen television and a 32-inch Vizio flat screen television had been stolen from her home. The Samsung television was reportedly taken from her living room and was  valued at $800 and the Vizio model was reportedly removed from her bedroom and was valued at $400, according to Treece.
Jason Riley of 5967 Harris Road, north of Union City, reported early today his Sony 46-inch flat screen television and a Gateway laptop had been stolen from his residence. He told deputies he returned home about 1 a.m. today and discovered the two items missing.
A fourth burglary incident was reported to the local sheriff’s department by Michael Woodall of 680 Add Osburn Road, southwest of Union City. He told deputies a Play Station III valued at $370, a digital television converter valued at $30 and a 32-inch Vizio television valued at $450 were taken from his residence while he was attending church Sunday morning. The front door to his residence was kicked in, according to Treece.
A fifth incident was reported Sunday night by Larry Voss of 3388 South Bluff Road, who told deputies he woke up shortly after 10 p.m. when he heard a noise in his living room. Treece said Voss reportedly discovered a white male with a slender build and wearing a tan toboggan and jacket in his living room. The suspect reportedly fled the residence after being discovered. Reported missing by Voss was a 40-inch Sony flat screen television valued at $800 and a 19-inch television valued at $200.
Each of the incidents reported to the local sheriff’s department are felonies and remain under investigation, according to Treece.
He said anyone with information about the burglaries can call the Obion County Sheriff’s Department at 885-5832 or can Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477).
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Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com Published in The Messenger 12.12.11

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