Police searching an apartment in east Oak Ridge early Thursday morning recovered several thousand dollars worth of items allegedly taken in burglaries during the past few weeks, and two teenagers were arrested and charged with burglary and possession of stolen property, authorities said.
The stolen items, which fill a table at the police station, include backpacks and women’s accessories, sporting equipment such as golf clubs, and electronic merchandise such as cell phones, GPS systems, and a television. Police said they will try to match the items to recent reports of stolen equipment, and officers will call victims.
After the Thursday morning search, the Oak Ridge Police Department arrested Chase Davis, 19, and Bryson Higgins, 18. They both live in an apartment on Erskine Lane at the Tara Hills Apartments, and they face multiple counts of burglary and possession of stolen property.
Police said the majority of the items were likely taken in auto burglaries.
The ORPD said the investigation started on Wednesday when officers developed information about a stolen handgun, which was previously taken from a vehicle in Knoxville.
“Follow-up investigation identified several suspects that were potentially involved in this theft, as well as multiple car and residential burglaries in the Briarcliff neighborhood of Oak Ridge,” an ORPD press release said.
Continuing the investigation, members of the ORPD’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions, as well as the Special Projects Unit, started monitoring the suspects, the release said.
At about 4 a.m. Thursday, members of the ORPD Patrol and Special Projects Unit detained five people in the Tara Hills Apartment complex, “which resulted in the search of an apartment and the subsequent recovery of a substantial amount of property stolen in multiple burglaries over an approximate two-week period in Oak Ridge,” the release said.
“It was a perfect marrying of intelligence, crime analysis, and innovative enforcement techniques,” ORPD Chief Jim Akagi said.
The release said more charges are pending, and the investigation continues. Recent victims of home or auto burglaries or thefts are encouraged to call ORPD Detective Kevin Craig at (865) 425-3511 to make arrangements to identify items that were recovered and possibly claim them, the release said.
Here are a few more pictures showing a mix of sporting equipment, electronic items, and a television:
Note: More photos were added at 9:20 a.m. Sept. 6.