Suspects in Crossville antique mall crime spree arrested

Suspects in Crossville antique mall crime spree arrested

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(source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office) (source: Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) – Authorities say three suspects behind a rash of antique mall thefts across the Southeast and here in East Tennessee are now in custody.

Surveillance video broadcast by 6 News last Wednesday showed two women and a man stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and coins from Antique Village Mall in Crossville.

Investigators said they believed the suspects were tied to similar crimes in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and other parts of Tennessee.

Marlon Bell, his girlfriend Amanda Carrington, and Bell's sister, Katherine Buckner, are now under arrest. Police say the trio essentially admitted to making the spree a full-time occupation since last fall.

They are from Georgia.

"They were doing this on a day to day basis, 5-6 days a week. They would go to different stores," explained Crossville Police Department Major Mark Rosser.

Hitting the same kind of store in several states, the trio told authorities they'd always target gold and precious metals, quickly pawning it off for cash the next day.

6 News got involved with the case after the Crossville Police Department called us asking to air surveillance video of the suspects from Antique Village Mall.

"The best thing to do was to call Channel 6 and ask you to do a story for me, which you did, and that put the video and the story out regionally. The next morning my phone was ringing," Major Rosser explained.

After seeing the surveillance video, Maryville police tied the same team to a $13,000 crime at Parkway Antique Mall.

The owner of Unique Jewelry in Clinton made the same connection. She had more than $15,000 taken. 

As more victims came forward, the stronger the investigation got.

"The information one department had was probably not enough to make a case on this," Major Rosser said.

Tips left with detectives and 6 News took officers to a motel in the Chattanooga area where Bell, Carrington and Buckner were arrested.

They are being held in the Cumberland County Jail. Some departments in various states have already filed charges, others are in the process of doing so.

In all the thefts are believed to total a few hundred thousand dollars.

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