Blount County man arrested in Knoxville after 2-week crime spree

Albert Lee Reynolds (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)
Albert Lee Reynolds (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Blount County man was arrested in Knoxville Wednesday after what deputies call a two-week crime spree.

Albert Lee Reynolds, 32, is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, vandalism greater than $10,000, theft of property, and theft of a motor vehicle over $10,000.

Deputies with Blount and Knox counties took Reynolds into custody early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in Knoxville. Investigators said they had received information that he had a weapon and had planned “suicide by cop” because he didn’t want to go to prison.

Knox County took a K-9 as a less lethal option. Reynolds did not immediately comply with deputies and the K-9 was utilized to subdue him. Investigators found a car stolen from Friendsville, two guns and other property.

Deputies say Reynolds’ crime spree started on September 6 when he stole a show quality 1991 Trans Am and other items from a closed garage on Tarpley Street in Maryville. A deputy spotted him driving the Trans Am later that day, but Reynolds fled. Another deputy spotted him on Sevierville Road later on, and Reynolds fled again, ditching the car on Old Oliver Road in Walland.

Reynolds was taken into custody on September 8 on warrants for theft of a motor vehicle, theft of property, evading arrest and driving on a suspended license. He was released on bond two days later.

On Monday, deputies were called to a church on Piney Level Church Road for an aggravated robbery. A woman said Reynolds robbed her, dumped her at the church and then stole her 2009 Lexus. Then the next day, deputies say Reynolds stole a Toyota Tacoma from a home on Wendy Lane in Friendsville. They say he also stole a gun and numerous items and vandalized a mattress and sofa.

Reynolds is being held on $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on September 26. He has a long criminal history in Blount County dating back to 2002.

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