Suspect in car burglaries arrested in Hamblen County


MORRISTOWN (WATE) – A Morristown man confessed to stealing items out of cars at two churches, while Sunday services were being held.

Jason E. Harris, 36, was arrested Friday morning after investigators linked him to a credit card stolen from one of the victims. He is charged with 3 counts of auto burglary and 3 counts of theft.

Jason E. Harris, 36 (SOURCE: Hamblen County Sheriff's Office)
Jason E. Harris, 36 (SOURCE: Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said that when they arrested Harris at his home, they noticed a burn pile with remnants of property that belonged to several of the victims.

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Later confessing to the crimes, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office said they believed Harris was selling the stolen property to fuel his drug habit.

Bond for Harris was set at $50,000. He is scheduled for arraignment on Monday at 9 a.m.

Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office said Harris had a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1998. Previous charges included drug possession, evading arrest, escape and theft or property.

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