MARYVILLE (WATE) - Two people have been charged with burglary in a string of more than 50 car burglaries in the East Broadway area of Maryville.
Jacob Dominick Woolford, 20, is charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle, criminal responsibility for the conduct of another, fraudulent use of a credit card, and violation of probation. He is in jail on $8,500 bond.
Kayla Renee Malone, 19, is charged with burglary of a vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit card, harassment, and filing a false police report. She is out of jail on $6,700 bond.
Blount County Sheriff James Berrong says deputies found the suspects after they made two separate 911 calls in the early morning hours of September 21.
They both stated a car had gone into the Little River near Coulter's Bridge on Ellejoy Road.
Emergency crews responded to the scene, but when no vehicle was found in the river, deputies tracked down Malone's cell phone number. She was arrested at her home.
Officials later discovered Woolford was also in on the false report, and he was arrested as well.
During interviews with Woolford and Malone, the two confessed to breaking into as many as 50 unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods in the East Broadway area and one garage.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Metcalf noticed his glove box was empty and his truck was torn apart Tuesday morning.
"I looked in the back of my truck and noticed my backpack was missing. I'd packed my uniform for the day. I usually PT in the morning so I packed my uniform. I accidentally left my truck unlocked and they took everything," Staff Sgt. Metcalf said.
His truck was parked in his driveway on Druid Hill Drive. In addition to his backpack, they took a box of ammunition out of the glove compartment, but it was the stolen uniform that angered him most.
"For them to break into my truck and steal my uniform, that was a blow to the chest," he said.
Just down the street, his neighbor's cars were also hit.
"They had rummaged through the glove box and the center console, and they took a wallet, which there was no money in it ,but had credit cards, driver license, and insurance cards and things like that," said Tommy Hill, another victim of the burglary spree.
There were several other homes hit on Druid Hill and neighboring Cinema Drive.
Deputies recovered many of the IDs and the military uniform and are working to return the items to their owners.
Neighbors in the area still feel like a sense of safety has been taken away.
"Even if we lock our cars, is it still safe?" asked Hill.
Woolford and Malone are scheduled to appear in Blount County General Sessions Court on September 30. Sheriff Berrong says they may face additional charges.
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