An Oliver Springs man was arrested Friday after he was caught driving a tow truck that he had allegedly stolen after an assault and burglary on Talley Lane in Marlow, authorities said.
John Joseph Pixley II, 27, has been charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, property theft, motor vehicle theft, two counts of aggravated assault, and carjacking, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said.
In a press release, White said the homeowner had observed a truck on her surveillance cameras, and a suspect, later identified as Pixley, was seen walking around her residence. The owner called the Sheriff’s Communications Center around 8:30 a.m. Friday to report the incident, left work, and drove home.
When she arrived, she saw Pixley leaving with items from the home in the bed of his truck, the sheriff said.
He said the driveway was only wide enough for one car, so Pixley attempted to drive around the homeowner’s car. But he instead went up an embankment and overturned, striking the homeowner’s car, White said.
A co-worker of the homeowner also arrived driving his tow truck, the sheriff said. Pixley broke out his own window, climbed out, ran to the tow truck, and, after a fight with the co-worker, drove away stealing the tow truck, White said.
He said several deputies responded to the home, and the description of the stolen tow truck was broadcast to area law enforcement agencies.
A short time later, the truck was spotted by officers from the Oliver Springs Police Department and was stopped. Pixley was taken into custody by deputies who had arrived to assist the Oliver Springs Police, White said.
Pixley was taken to the Anderson County Detention Facility and is being held without bond pending his arraignment.
“Our thanks to the Oliver Springs Police Department for their assistance,” White said. “Sheriff’s deputies are also to be commended for their quick response and arrest.”