Man accused of breaking into Oak Ridge police chief's wife's car

Man accused of breaking into Oak Ridge police chief's wife's car

Justin Wagner (source: Anderson County Detention Facility) Justin Wagner (source: Anderson County Detention Facility)

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - A man was arrested over the weekend, accused of attempting to steal items from a car belonging to Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi's wife.

Justin Riley Wagner, 20, of Pinston, Ala., has been charged with burglary of a motor vehicle.

A police report indicates Chief Akagi's barking dog alerted him at 11:30 p.m. Friday to a noise outside his home.

Akagi went outside to investigate and found a backpack, a jacket, and two pairs of sunglasses, all of which had been inside Mrs. Akagi's unlocked 2005 Toyota Scion.

Akagi also noticed an unfamiliar vehicle, a red 1998 Pontiac Sunfire, parked next to his home on Crystal Cove Lane.

Akagi and several other Oak Ridge officers searched the property, but did not find anyone or anything suspicious.

After the other officers left, Chief Akagi set up surveillance from inside his home and saw a man, later identified as Wagner, come from behind another home, enter the Pontiac, and drive away at a high rate of speed.

Oak Ridge police officers were notified and Akagi left his residence in an unmarked police vehicle in pursuit.

Akagi stopped the vehicle on Crossroads Boulevard near Highpoint Lane. The other officers arrived shortly thereafter and took Wagner into custody.

Officers say Wagner is a known associate of other people recently charged with multiple vehicle break-ins in Oak Ridge.

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