Two arrested for possessing stolen car, stolen items

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 09:59 PM

A pair of alleged thieves might have gotten several entries on Santa's naughty list Christmas Eve, when they were reportedly caught driving a stolen car filled with stolen merchandise.

Gary DeWayne Lawhorn, 23, and Jessica Elliott, 23, both of the same Knoxville address, face charges of aggravated burglary and theft after deputies stopped them early Monday in a car that had been reported stolen, and had also been described by a witness to a burglary.

Deputy Levi Morton spotted the car at about 4:30 a.m. in Pigeon Forge, after dispatchers sent out a bulletin describing a vehicle matching its description that had been spotted leaving the scene of a burglary. After stopping the car, Morton found that it had also been reported stolen.

When he looked inside the vehicle, he found a backpack full of tools, and a number of flat screen televisions and other items inside the car, reports show.

The televisions and other items in the car had reportedly been taken from some local rental cabins.

Morton also learned Lawhorn’s driver license had been suspended in November for failure to pay child support.

Lawhorn is facing three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000, two counts of theft of property worth $500 to $1,000, and driving on a suspended license. He was being held at the Sevier Count Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond.

Elliott faces three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property worth $1,000 to $10,000 and two counts of theft of property worth $500 to $1,000. She was being held at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $82,000 bond.

n jfarrell@themountainpress.com