Teens who escaped Blount County behavioral facility found, stolen truck recovered


UPDATE: Four teenagers who escaped a behavior center in Louisville late Monday were taken into custody in Hancock County, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

The City of Maryville truck stolen Monday was recovered in Hamblen County Monday evening.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Blount County Sheriff’s Office say four teenagers escaped a behavioral center in Louisville late Monday before attempting to break in to a market and later stealing a City of Maryville vehicle.

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said burglary petitions are on file for four male juveniles who fled from Helen Ross McNabb Gateway Center in Louisville, attempted to break into a market, and stole a City of Maryville utility truck.

The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing their names because they are juveniles in DCS custody. Descriptors of each juvenile are as follows:

  • Male, age 16, brown hair, brown eyes, 5 feet, 5 inches in height, and 180 pounds
  • Male, age 16, brown hair, blue/green eyes, 5 feet, 9 inches in height, and 260 pounds
  • Male, age 15, blond hair, blue eyes, 5 feet, 9 inches in height, and 120 pounds
  • Male, age 17, brown hair, brown eyes, 5 feet, 7 inches in height, and 123 pounds

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Gateway Center just after midnight for a report of missing juveniles.

Tuesday morning, deputies responded to multiple calls of thefts, burglaries and attempted burglaries in the area of Ralph Phelps Road and Quarry Road. An attempted break-in at a convenience store on Ralph Phelps Road was reported. Burglary and vandalism of a church on Ralph Phelps Road were also reported.

Deputies say the juveniles attempted numerous vehicle burglaries before stealing a bucket truck belonging to the City of Maryville.

Sheriff Berrong is asking residents who live in the area of Holston College Road, Ralph Phelps Road, Quarry Road, and other nearby locations to be on the lookout for the juveniles in case they return to the area.

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