Stolen bib overalls give away stranded burglary suspect

Jeff Bobo • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Mark Harrell spotted a stranded motorist last week near St. Clair wearing what he recognized to be a pair of black bib overalls that were among several items reportedly stolen in a residential burglary the day before.

Around 8 a.m. on Oct. 30, Harrell responded to a report of a suspicious man creating a disturbance at a residence on Lee Valley Road in far western Hawkins County.

The man, who was later identified as Brandon Scott Myers, 24, 174 Grassy Valley Road, Whitesburg, was reportedly driving by a residence on Lee Valley Road when his car stalled.

HCSO Detective Brian Boggs stated in his report that Myers knocked on the door of the residence "carrying a jar of peanut butter and a large knife" and asked the homeowner to jump start his car.

The homeowner told police when he refused to help, Myers "became belligerent and walked off."

When Harrell arrived, he found Myers in the yard next door to the house where Myers had asked for a jump. At the time, Myers was reportedly wearing black Carhart bib overalls and had a large knife.

"Cpl. Harrell had prior knowledge of an aggravated burglary report where a black pair of Carhart bib overalls were reported stolen," Boggs said. "Also located was Myers' vehicle with a dead battery. In plain view Cpl. Harrell observed a 'camo crossbow' and a Lincoln welder that were also reported stolen in that same aggravated burglary."

Myers was then detained on suspicion of burglary, and his vehicle was towed to the HCSO impound lot, where it was searched.

A plastic container found on the dash allegedly contained two plastic bags with a total of 4.8 grams of meth, an unspecified amount of Xanax, one Suboxone pill and three capsules containing unidentified powder.

The narcotics were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for verification.

Myers was charged with aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, possession of meth, simple possession of Schedule III narcotics and simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court and his bond set at $15,000. His next court date is Nov. 14.

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