Knox County man accused in hundreds of car burglaries

Knox County man accused in hundreds of car burglaries

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Aaron Tyler Estes (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Aaron Tyler Estes (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Aaron Estes was found in a vehicle full of stolen property. He's thought to be responsible for 300 to 400 vehicle burglaries. Aaron Estes was found in a vehicle full of stolen property. He's thought to be responsible for 300 to 400 vehicle burglaries.
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man who claims he is responsible for 300 to 400 vehicle burglaries over the last two months.

Aaron Tyler Estes, 24, was arrested Wednesday morning after dispatchers received a call of a person passed out in a vehicle on Cedar Park Lane.

Rural/Metro crews responded and found him asleep. When sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the vehicle had been stolen and was full of stolen property.

Estes is thought to be responsible for 300 to 400 vehicle burglaries and at least one residential burglary occurring in and around Knox County and Knoxville over the past two months.

Among the items found in the vehicle at the time of his arrest were cameras, drivers licenses, credit cards, GPS systems, cell phones, a pocket watch, an iPod, prescription medication, knives, and several car and house keys.

Estes admitted to stealing four vehicles. Two have been recovered and detectives are searching for the other two.

Detectives drove Estes around Wednesday night while he showed them the areas he targeted. Deputies say the Duncan Glen and Crestwood subdivisions in West Knox County were among Estes' targets. Detectives are now working to contact those who were victimized.

"We have him on video at several local stores using some of the victims' credit cards. That's actually how we identified him," said Lt. Steve Webb. "Now we're trying to return as much stolen property as we can. Obviously if we have a driver's license with a name and address, then those folks will hear from us a little bit quicker. With a stolen GPS, we'll see if there's a home address programmed in and then see if a report has been report filed from that address."

Estes is charged with three counts of theft and three counts of burglary. He is being held in the Knox County Detention Facility on $41,000 bond.

Deputies say Estes has a lengthy criminal history in Knox County, which includes unauthorized use of debit/credit card, multiple burglaries, aggravated burglaries and thefts.

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