BY KEN LITTLE
Monday and Tuesday were bad days for property-owners in Greene County, as multiple burglaries and other thefts were reported to the Greene County Sheriff's Department.
Most happened during daylight hours.
A burglary between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday was reported in the 2400 block of White Sands Road, sheriff's Deputy Brandon Ricker said in a report.
The victim told deputies that a back door was pried open to provide entry.
Guns and ammunition were stolen from the house. Taken were a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Ruger walnut stock rifle, a Ruger 9 mm handgun, a pellet gun and a quantity of ammunition for the weapons.
Jewelry and a chest of drawers were also taken, the report said.
The value of the stolen guns, ammunition, jewelry and chest exceeds $4,300.
A pillow case missing from a bed may have been used to remove jewelry from the house, the report said.
Another daytime burglary, between 5:30 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, was reported in the 500 block of Sunnydale Road, Ricker said in another report.
The victim said entry to the house was made through a back door, according to the report.
Stolen were a Seiki 32-inch flat-screen television, an Emerson 19-inch flat-screen television, a Blue Ridge acoustic guitar, and a Fender Squire electric guitar.
The value of the stolen items totals about $1,300.
Damage to the back door and frame totals $250, the report said.
A front-end bumper weight for a bulldozer was stolen between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday from a field in the 100 block of Susong Road, Ricker said in another report.
The weight is made of steel and valued at $1,200, the report said.
It turned up later at West Main Recycling, the report said.
An arrest warrant was taken out on the man suspected in the theft.
Tractor Batteries Stolen
Two tractor batteries were stolen between 7 and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of Possum Creek Road, sheriff's Deputy Mark McLain said in a report.
The batteries were taken off tractors parked in a barn, the victim told deputies.
The value of the two batteries is $190, the report said.
CLASS RINGS, TVS
Flat-screen televisions and other property were stolen in a burglary between about 3 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday at a house in the 3700 block of Gap Creek Road, sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Morgan said in a report.
The victim told deputies that the rear door of the house was pried open to provide entry.
Property stolen includes a 27-inch flat-screen television, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, an Asus laptop computer, five rings with diamonds, two 1995 West Greene High School rings, two rings with emeralds, two gold necklaces, a silver bracelet, gold anklet, Tinker Bell watch, costume jewelry and a video game.
Also taken was a Longaberger breast cancer basket that was apparently used to put the jewelry in, the report said.
The stolen property is valued at more than $4,600.
The victim's mother spoke with a neighbor, who earlier saw a dark-blue or green minivan in the driveway and "two men knocking on the front door," the report said.
CHAIN SAWS, LEAF BLOWERS
A theft reported Tuesday in the 500 block of Bear Hollow Road happened between Nov. 13 and Tuesday, McLain said in a report.
A Stihl chain saw and a Husqvarna backpack leaf blower were stolen from a garage, the victim told deputies.
The combined value of the chain saw and leaf blower is $730.
A theft reported Monday from the 1500 block of Horton Highway happened between Dec. 15, 2011, and Nov. 15, 2012, McLain said in a report.
Stolen were an Echo backpack leaf blower and a Husqvarna backpack leaf blower.
The leaf blowers were taken from an outbuilding, the victim told deputies.
The two leaf blowers are valued at $700.
Furniture was stolen between Nov. 24 and Monday in the burglary of a house in the 1300 block of Pilot Mountain Road, Morgan said in a report.
The victim is currently living out of state and when he returned to get some belongings, found numerous possessions gone.
Taken were a couch, a rocking chair, a china hutch, two dressers, three sets of snow skis, a coffee table, an end table, a set of moose-design dishes and two state quarter sets.
A neighbor told the owner that within the last two weeks, he saw a dark red Ford diesel truck "leaving the residence with items [in] the bed of the truck," the report said.
The value of the stolen property is about $4,800.
ALARM DOES ITS JOB
Many law enforcement officials recommend having a home alarm system. One system paid off for its owners on Tuesday.
A burglary in progress about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Old Fort Lane was apparently thwarted when the alarm activated, Morgan said in a report.
The Sheriff's Department was notified of the burglary alarm, and when deputies arrived, window screens to the house were discovered cut and a window near the kitchen was broken out, the report said.
Multiple deputies responded and searched the house, but no was found inside.
Deputies found a footprint on the floor and "a large butcher knife" on a kitchen counter.
Whoever entered the house triggered an alarm system motion detector, "causing them to flee the scene," the report said.
Damage to six window screens and two window panes totals $220.
Police also recommend using outside lighting and owning a sturdy safe.
Also, law enforcement officials said, park a car in the driveway if possible, and get to know your neighbors.
Police recommend that homeowners photograph their property and write down serial numbers of possessions such as flat-screen televisions and computers.
Law enforcement officials said many of the burglaries and property thefts are driven by drug addicts desperate for money to feed their habits.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department telephone number is (423) 798-1800. The Greeneville Police Department can be reached at (423) 639-7111.