Four arrested for theft of stolen truck in Hawkins County

Four arrested for theft of stolen truck in Hawkins County

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William Dockery William Dockery
Harold Quillen Harold Quillen
Ashley Hall Ashley Hall
Amber Sexton Amber Sexton

Four people were arrested by police Friday after the owner of a stolen truck spots the vehicle being driven by another person.

According to a Church Hill Police Department news release, the owner of a 1978 Ford F-250 had been reported as missing last month and officers with both Church Hill Police and Mount Carmel Police Department were dispatched to Silver Lake in reference to the stolen vehicle.

On Friday, the owner said he saw the truck and tried to stop the driver, but said the person sped up and drove away.

The owner told police the vehicle was hauling furniture and said there were two males and two females inside the truck.

A Mount Carmel Police officer then reportedly saw the truck on Hammond Avenue near Ellis Lane and he and a Church Hill officer made contact with Amber Noel Sexton, 22, and William M. Dockery, 23, both of 190 Whitaker Road of Jonesborough, Ashley Nicole Hall, 21, 1000 Stonegate Road, Apt. P-10, of Kingsport, and Harold J. Quillen, 27, 129 Jones St. of Rogersville.

The Mount Carmel officer questioned and later arrested Dockery, who said that he was driving the truck earlier and when he saw the owner of the truck behind him, he said he got nervous and drove away.

Dockery allegedly told police that he purchased the truck from another person in January and said he had a title for the vehicle.

When the Mount Carmel Police officer compared the title to the VIN number, the two did not match.

Dockery said he didn’t know what the title belonged to.

When police asked him why they parked the truck and walked away, Dockery said “it stopped running so we decided to park it there.”

According to the news release, Dockery and two others inside the vehicle had changed clothes when they got out of the vehicle, and threw their clothes into a cattle pasture before hiding behind the trailors.

The Mount Carmel officer asked Dockery if he knew that the truck was a stolen vehicle and Dockery told police that he had paid $800 for the truck and said that he had a title.

Police told him that the title did not belong to the truck and said there was no proof of ownership.

Dockery said “I didn’t know what to do. I figured the couch I was hauling was stolen or something like that.”

The owner of the truck identified Dockery as the person who was driving the vehicle when he first saw it.

Sexton, Hall, Dockery and Quillen were all arrested, charged with theft over $1,000 and were taken to Hawkins County Jail.

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