A 26 year old Smithville man was arrested Sunday by the Sheriff's Department for the recent burglary of a boathouse and the theft of an automobile near the lake.
Chris David Pinegar of Roy Foster Road, Smithville is charged with burglary, theft of property over $1,000, and theft of property over $10,000. Sheriff Patrick Ray says Pinegar was arrested on Sunday, March 21st and charged after he was questioned about recent thefts in the Cookeville Highway area.
On Saturday, March 20th, deputies responded to a theft at Hurricane Boat Ramp off of Cookeville Highway where someone had stolen a vehicle containing some expensive jewelry. Then on Sunday, March 21st, officers responded to Relax Drive concerning a vehicle that was setting in the parking lot of Lakeside Resort. After checking the tags, it was discovered that the vehicle was the same one that was reported stolen the day before at the boat ramp. Officers went to a cabin at the Resort where Pinegar and a female had been staying. A warrants check was conducted on them and authorities learned that they were both wanted in Warren County on unrelated charges. While searching the room, deputies found a set of keys that went to the stolen vehicle. They also found some of the jewelry.
Detectives were called to the scene to conduct a further investigation and discovered that on March 15th Pinegar entered a boathouse and took several fishing rods and reels, a fish finder, a kneeboard, floats, and skies which were valued at over $1,000. Bond for Pinegar was set at $45,000 and he will appear in court on April 22nd. The female was not charged locally.
46 year old Jimmy Dean Skelton of Page Drive Smithville is charged with driving on a suspended license, burglary, and theft of property under $500. Sheriff Ray says that on Tuesday, March 16th, as deputies were investigating a burglary and theft at a residence on Savannah Drive, Smithville, they spotted Skelton, who was a suspect in the case. The officers stopped Skelton and found him to be driving on a suspended driver's license. After interviewing Skelton about the break-in, the deputies also charged Skelton with burglary and theft. According to Sheriff Ray, Skelton admitted to entering a home which was under construction on Savannah Drive and taking an air compressor without the owner's consent. Bond for Skelton was set at $7,000 and he will appear in court on March 25th.
27 year old Helen B. Lawson of Danklefs Lane, Sparta is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. Sheriff Ray says Lawson was involved in an automobile accident on Back Bone Ridge Road on Thursday, March 18th. Lawson had a smell of alcohol on her person and she was unsteady on her feet. She submitted to field sobriety tasks which she failed. A check of her driver's license revealed them to be revoked for a DUI. Lawson was also issued citations for having no automobile insurance and violation of the implied consent law. Her bond was set at $3,000 and she will appear in court on April 1st.
38 year old Donald Perry Jr of Adcock Cemetery Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property under $500. Sheriff Ray says he was arrested on Friday, March 19th after an investigation by detectives into the theft of two Wal-Mart gift cards that were delivered by mail to a former resident who lived at the Adcock Cemetery Road address. Perry opened an envelope, which came by mail, containing a letter and two gift cards. Perry took the cards out of the envelope and resealed the envelope that contained the letter and put it back into the mailbox to return it to the sender. On December 14th, 2009, Perry then took the two gift cards to the Smithville Wal-Mart and cashed them in. Bond for Perry was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on April 1st.
Joshua Brandon Graham is charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). Sheriff Ray says on Saturday, March 20th, a deputy went to Graham's home on New Bildad Road, Smithville to serve a civil paper on him. Graham met the officer on the porch. The deputy smelled an odor of marijuana on Graham's person and he asked Graham about it. Graham went back into the residence and retrieved a plastic bag that contained the marijuana. Graham also had marijuana seeds in his pants pocket. Graham's bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in court on April 22nd.
24 year old Stephen Hunter Pugh is charged with a first offense of driving on a revoked license. Sheriff Ray says on Sunday, March 21st an officer spotted Pugh on Cave Springs Road. Having prior knowledge that Pugh had two warrants against him for violation of probation, the deputy stopped Pugh. The officer checked Pugh's driver's license and discovered them to be revoked. His bond was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on April 22nd.
40 year old Donna S. Blankenship of Greenhill Road, McMinnville was arrested on Sunday, March 21st for a second offense of driving on a suspended license after she was involved in an automobile accident on New Home Road in Dowelltown. Bond for Blankenship was set at $2,000 and her court date is April 22nd.