Knoxville boat theft suspect comes up all wet and in custody

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Jeffery Newcomb, 29, was arrested and charged with theft of property over $10,000 and evading arrest after attempting to steal a boat Tuesday morning at Volunteer Landing Marina.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A suspect in an attempted boat theft came up all wet Tuesday when the theft failed and he was arrested by Knoxville Police after attempting a getaway by jumping in the river.

Police responded to a report of boat theft at 9:06 a.m. at Volunteer Landing Marina and chased a suspect on foot. When the suspect was confronted by officers near the Wayne G. Basler Boathouse on Neyland Drive, he jumped into the Fort Loudoun Lake in an attempt to elude officers, according to a news release from the Knoxville Police Department.

Knoxville Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Knoxville Fire Department boats responded and the suspect was pulled from the water and taken into custody at 9:50 a.m.

The owner of the boat, Jake Rheude, said in an email he had stopped to pick up the boat before heading to work when he noticed the suspect on the boat preparing for a departure.

“After calling the police, I confronted the suspect while taking pictures of him and told him he’d better be getting a move on as the cops were already on their way. I guess he fancied a Tuesday morning swim before getting booked,” Rheude said.

Charges are pending.

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