Authorities investigate Southeast Knox Co. home

Authorities investigate Southeast Knox Co. home, possible stolen vehicles

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Officials say numerous vehicles were towed away from the home on Kimberlin Heights Road across the street from Gap Creek Elementary School. Officials say numerous vehicles were towed away from the home on Kimberlin Heights Road across the street from Gap Creek Elementary School.
One of the items officers removed was a restored Chevrolet Camaro. One of the items officers removed was a restored Chevrolet Camaro.
"You feel very violated by it. Somebody has been in your things that belong to you, and it's kind of a personal violation, especially if it's someone that you know personally who took it from you," said Doug Clifton. "You feel very violated by it. Somebody has been in your things that belong to you, and it's kind of a personal violation, especially if it's someone that you know personally who took it from you," said Doug Clifton.
Gary Valentine (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Gary Valentine (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Authorities spent Tuesday at a home in Southeast Knox County hauling away a large amount of potentially stolen vehicles, but are staying tight-lipped about the case.

Officials say numerous vehicles were towed away from the home on Kimberlin Heights Road across the street from Gap Creek Elementary School.

The items included everything from a restored Chevrolet Camaro to lawn mowers and construction equipment.

Doug Clifton lives five minutes down the road from the scene. His garage was broken into three months ago.

"You feel very violated by it. Somebody has been in your things that belong to you, and it's kind of a personal violation, especially if it's someone that you know personally who took it from you," he said.

Items valued at $10,000 were stolen from his garage.

"Our stuff in particular were some four wheelers and some racing parts that were taken out of our shop," said Clifton.

When Clifton heard law enforcement officials were recovering stolen items from the Kimberlin Heights Road home, he rushed over to find his stolen belongings. Officials allowed him to search and Clifton positively identified some of his items.

"Just some auto parts that match the stuff that we are missing," he said.

Tow truck drivers from Knoxville and Knox County say they've spent the day hauling off stolen items to the impound lots for owners to eventually claim.

Clifton is just glad he will eventually have some of his stolen items back.

"Well we've identified it. Knox County has to keep it and go through the evidence process or whatever, but we've positively identified it."

All of the items are being impounded.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office website lists the homeowner, Gary Valentine, as being in custody, but there's no word on any charges.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation instructed 6 News to contact the U.S. Attorney's Office for a response, but so far no further information on the case has been released.

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