Jessee Dalton Carey, 25, 1252 Christian Bends Road, reportedly told police he had fallen into the river and broke into a residence on Williams Lane to get warm.
Around 9 a.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stacy Vaughan responded to a possible burglary on Williams Lane south of Church Hill.
Upon his arrival, Vaughan spotted Carey on Williams Road wearing the above mentioned attire and carrying a duffel bag that contained several items, including his wet clothes.
“I asked Carey about his attire and he stated he fell into the river and got his clothes wet,” Vaughan said in his report. “Carey stated he broke into a residence to find some dry clothes to wear and this was all he could find.”
Carey then took Vaughan and Deputy Hunter Lamons to the residence he had allegedly burgled, where they observed damaged front doors where entry had been made and the ransacked interior of the residence.
The 74-year-old female owner arrived home and identified the clothing Carey was wearing as belonging to her, as well as other items Carey had in his possession including the duffel bag, a ring, a jacket, pants, tent stakes, matches, two keys and a sweater.
The damage to the doors was estimated at around $1,000.
Carey was charged with aggravated burglary, theft and vandalism.
As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond with his next court date set for April 17.