A 35 year old Smithville man was arrested Sunday in a burglary investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Patrick Rays says deputies and detectives arrested Scott Lynn Sykes of Alexander Street, Smithville Sunday for burglary, theft of property over $1,000, and possession of burglary tools.
According to Sheriff Ray, Sykes went to a residence on Dry Branch Road in Alexandria and entered the home by prying open the back door. While inside, Sykes took the faucets, sinks, and a ceiling fan with 3 lights, drain pipes, light covers, a showerhead, and the central heat and air unit of the home all valued at over $1,000.
Sheriff Ray says Sykes has admitted to his part in the crime. When lawmen picked up Sykes at his home, they found some of the items in Sykes' automobile along with tools believed to have been used to commit the theft. These items included a hacksaw, screwdriver, an ax, and a hatchet.
Bond for Sykes was set at $80,000 and he will appear in court on January 22nd.
Sheriff Ray says the home received extensive damage, especially water damage from the cut water lines.
Meanwhile, a county deputy last Wednesday spotted a vehicle weaving on Highway 70 East. Upon making a traffic stop, the officer found 23 year old Jesse Louis Clouse of South Walnut Street, Cookeville to be the driver.
Sheriff Ray says Clouse submitted to and failed sobriety tasks and a check of his driver's license revealed that it was revoked..
Clouse was convicted of a DUI in Putnam County on December 17th, 2007.
He was arrested and charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked driver's license. Clouse was also issued a citation for violation of the implied consent law.
His bond was set at $3,000 and he will appear in court on January 8th.
32 year old Oliver Eiland and 25 year old Jessica Charlene Brett of Cookeville Highway, Smithville were charged Friday with filing a false report with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Ray says the two had earlier filed a theft report and then returned to the Sheriff's Department on Friday to add to the report that a book of checks had also been stolen.
Upon an investigation, detectives learned that Eiland and Brett had written the checks to businesses in surrounding counties for large amounts and then went to the bank and reported them forged. Detectives obtained photos of the two from at least one of the businesses showing them writing a check which they reported forged.
Bond for Eiland and Brett was set at $1,000 each and they will appear in court on January 22nd. More charges are pending.
On Sunday, deputies were summoned to Alexandria on a theft investigation. When they arrived, the complainant told them that a man had stolen an item from him. The victim was able to get a tag number from the vehicle the man was driving.
Sheriff Ray says while the deputy and victim were talking, the vehicle in question drove by. The officer took off after the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver refused to stop for at least 1 ½ miles. After getting the vehicle stopped, officers found the driver to be 24 year old Danny Ray Alsept of Stigall Street, Camden Tennessee. Deputies also learned that Alsept has apparently never had a driver's license in Tennessee.
Alsept was charged with evading arrest and no driver's license. His bond was set at $6,000 and he will appear in court on January 22nd.