published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Attempted robbery in McMinn County leads to recovering stolen property

A man caught attempting to break into a house this week led McMinn County authorities to recover a large amount of stolen property in a nearby house, a news release states.

McMinn County sheriff’s deputies found 26-year-old David Brown held at gunpoint by a County Road 279 homeowner on Wednesday, Sheriff Joe Guy said. The owner told deputies that Brown had tried to break into his home, but he had stopped him.

When Brown was arrested, he told deputies a stolen vehicle and several stolen items were being stored at a nearby home on the same road, Guy said.

Deputies found a red Ford pickup truck confirmed to have been stolen from Interstate 75 at Exit 56, Guy said. Authorities also found a stolen gun, several tool boxes and tools, automobile radios, speakers and amplifiers with other stolen property, the sheriff said.

Authorities arrested Rocky Brown, 32, and Jennifer Brazle, 29, who lived at the house, Guy said.

All three suspects face charges of theft and burglary.

“It was a day-long operation,” Guy said in the news release. “But our officers did great follow-up work, and it appears they have solved several thefts.”

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