Reward offered for Sevierville home burglary case

Reward offered for Sevierville home burglary case

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McMahan says not only was his home burglarized, but it was left completely trashed inside. McMahan says not only was his home burglarized, but it was left completely trashed inside.
"I felt this was my private home. For me. It's just an eery feeling knowing that somebody would actually come in your house like that," James McMahan said. "I felt this was my private home. For me. It's just an eery feeling knowing that somebody would actually come in your house like that," James McMahan said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevierville man is taking matters into his own hands to catch the person or people responsible for breaking into his home.

James McMahan says his Douglas Dam Road home was burglarized sometime over Valentine's Day weekend while he was out of town. Thousands of dollars in jewelry, coins, and guns were stolen.

He's now offering two rewards, including $2,500 for the return of all stolen items, and $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

McMahan says not only was his home burglarized, but it was left completely trashed inside.

"I couldn't even get in the front door from where they had dumped everything. Living room, bedrooms, everything," McMahan said.

He says about $50,000 worth of items were stolen. He rents his home and doesn't have any insurance on the items.

"It's just sentimental value if nothing else. To me that's worth more than a million dollars," McMahan said.

Neighbors tell 6 News they didn't notice anything out of the ordinary while McMahan was gone. McMahan says he has no enemies, and really no idea who did this.

"I felt this was my private home. For me. It's just an eery feeling knowing that somebody would actually come in your house like that," McMahan said.

So eery, he's considering moving from the home he's lived in for years. He hopes the reward he's offering will help lead to the stolen items.

"I would just hope that whoever it is has just enough little of a heart and a conscious that they would return my stuff," McMahan said.

Sevierville police tell 6 News there are few clues in the case because the suspect or suspects likely wore gloves while inside the home, and many of the weapons stolen are too old to have serial numbers, so it makes it harder to track them down.

Police say there is one similar burglary they are still investigating. This one happened a few weeks ago at a home on Boyds Creek Highway.

The items stolen include:

  • Coins:
    • President Dollars (in rolls) were in a black case with western scene on the outside:
      • George Washington (4)
      • John Adams (4)
      • Thomas Jefferson (4)
      • James Madison (4)
      • James Monroe (4)
      • John Q. Adams (4)
      • Andrew Jackson (4)
      • Martin Van Buren (4)
      • William H. Harrison (4)
      • John Tyler (4)
      • James K. Polk (4)
      • Zachary Taylor (4)
      • Millard Filmore (4)
      • Franklin Pierce (4)
      • James Buchanan (4)
      • Abraham Lincoln (8)
      • Andrew Johnson (4)
      • Ulysses S. Grant (4)
      • Rutherford B. Hayes (4)
      • James A. Garfield (4)
    • Olympic Silver Dollar Proofs - 1980, 1984, 1988
    • Various coins including silver dimes, war nickels, wheat pennies.
    • $2,500.00-$3,000.00 in one dollar bills in small gray lockbox.
  • Guns:
    • Browning .22 semi-automatic rifle
    • Topper .410 Shotgun
    • Goose 12-guage shotgun
    • Smith & Wesson .22 single shot bolt action rifle
    • Scout .22 short single shot rifle
  • Jewelry
    • Assorted gold necklaces and rings.

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call the Sevierville Police Department at (865)-868-1747.

 

 

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