Package theft suspect arrested in South Knox County

Matthew Elliott (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A suspect has been arrested for allegedly stealing packages from homes in South Knox County.

Matthew Lee Elliott, 37, of Maryville, is charged with operation of a vehicle while prohibited (habitual motor vehicle offender) and theft.

Deputies arrested Elliott Tuesday just before 8 p.m. on Coatney Road. An officer pulled him over for traffic-related offenses and noticed packages in the vehicle. The officer called in detectives who determined they were stolen UPS packages that had been delivered to homes in South Knox County.

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Some of the stolen property was returned to the victims while the rest was taken to the City-County Building for further investigation.

Elliott is being held on $10,000 bond. He has a criminal history that includes theft by shoplifting, possession of burglary tools, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft, forgery, unauthorized use of a debit/credit card, theft of a vehicle or trailer, fugitive from justice, DUI, and underage consumption of beer.

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