Knoxville man arrested for five cabin burglaries
A Knox County man has been arrested in connection with several rental cabin burglaries in Sevier County.
Stephen Wayne Russell, 42, is charged with five counts of aggravated burglary and may face additional charges related to a chase conducted by officers, Sheriff Ron Seals said Friday.
On March 31 a vehicle and two subjects were caught on video surveillance breaking into a rental cabin in the Cedar Falls resort on Walden’s Creek Road. Authorities were alerted to be on the lookout for a red Toyota 4-Runner that the pair was using when they allegedly broke into the cabin.
On April 19 the sheriff’s office was dispatched to a burglar alarm in the Hidden Mountain resort and the officer passed a red Toyota in the area. The officer attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled and officers chased it into Sevierville, where they were assisted by Sevierville police officers.
During the chase the occupants threw televisions and electronics out of the vehicle's window. The vehicle lights were turned off and the car started traveling in the opposite lanes of Highway 66, Seals said. The pursuit was terminated due to the danger to the public, he said.
A short time later the same vehicle was found by deputies abandoned on Dyke Road off Douglas Dam Road. After a search of the vehicle, more stolen property from burglaries was found and also a wallet containing Russell's ID.
The owner of the vehicle was contacted. He said he had left the vehicle with Russell to be repaired.
Warrants were issued for Russell, but detectives were unable to locate him at that time, Seals said.
Russell was taken into custody Friday morning by officers of the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force at 1012 Kingland Ave., Knoxville.
Russell is charged with five counts of aggravated burglary and also will be facing charges connected with the pursuit that occurred on April 19, Seals said.
Russell also had an outstanding warrant out of Sevier County stemming from a violation of probation charge in 2012. He will be arraigned before a magistrate.
More arrests are pending, Seals said.