Two serial burglars caught after police chase

Two serial burglars caught after police chase

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Nathan Shane Coker (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Nathan Shane Coker (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
James Tyler Porter (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) James Tyler Porter (Source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two men responsible for multiple burglaries and thefts in East Tennessee were arrested Wednesday morning.

Nathan Shane Coker, 32, of Masters Lane and James Tyler Porter, 30, of Callahan Road, were taken into custody just after 11 a.m. on Callahan Road after running on foot from officers for approximately 15 minutes.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office helicopter aided in tracking the suspects.

The arrests came after a lengthy investigation tying Coker to numerous burglaries and thefts that occurred in Knox County and Porter to cases in Knox County, Anderson County, and Union County.

Coker has a criminal history in Knox County that includes possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, aggravated burglary, theft, and forgery.

Porter's Knox County criminal history includes domestic assault, theft, burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, criminal trespassing, simple possession, reckless driving, vandalism, and aggravated criminal trespassing.

Coker is charged with aggravated burglary and five counts of failure to appear with a total bond amount of $109,500.

Charges are pending against Porter.

The investigation is ongoing.

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