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Hawkins man accused of stealing Florida Gators apparel during burglary

Jeff Bobo • Sep 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was allegedly caught red-handed stealing Florida Gators apparel last week from a family residence near Rogersville was arraigned Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and misdemeanor theft.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Adam Bledsoe was dispatched to a burglary in progress report on Pinhook Drive just south of Rogersville.

Upon his arrival Bledsoe reportedly observed a man later identified as Gene Allen Kelley, 35, 1172 Burem Road, Rogersville, walking out the front door of the residence.

Bledsoe stated in his report that Kelley told him he had permission to be in the residence, but a family member reportedly told Bledsoe that Kelley hadn't lived there for approximately 10 months and didn't have permission to be there.

The family member reportedly told Bledsoe that he found an open bedroom window at the rear of the house that he believes Kelley used to enter the building.

Upon searching Kelley's vehicle, Bledsoe allegedly located a bag of Florida Gators men's apparel. The family member told Bledsoe those items had been removed from his closet.

Aggravated burglary is a Class D felony punishable by 2-4 years if convicted.

Kelley's bond was set at $2,000 during his arraignment Monday.

Kelley's next hearing in Sessions Court was set for Oct. 28.

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