Arrest made in country club break-in case

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

A 22-year-old Sevierville man was taken into custody by Pigeon Forge Police Department Thursday in connection with a break-in at the Gatlinburg Country Club in Pigeon Forge last month.

David Ray Griffiths, of White School Road, Sevierville, was charged Thursday with theft, robbery and vandalism over $1,000.

Arrest warrants were filed in the case on Sept. 16 after employees of a business near the golf course said they'd seen Griffiths near the golf course on Aug. 28, the day of the break-in.

On that day, a window had been shot out of the country club's clubhouse, according to official documents, and $250 cash and an estimated $250 in merchandise were stolen.

According to the arrest report, approximately $4,175 in damages was caused to the clubhouse in the break-in.

Around the time of the burglary, a suspect was spotted near the course by an employee of an adjacent business.

"The male subject ran to an abandoned house," the report reads.

A shotgun, shotgun shells and some clothing were recovered from underneath the deck of the abandoned house, according to police, and the found shotgun shells matched the spent casing found near the clubhouse's broken window.

"ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) ran the shotgun and it came back to the defendant, David Ray Griffiths," the arrest warrant, signed by Pigeon Forge officer Matthew Pendleton, said. 

Griffths was taken in two days after the warrants were issued on Tuesday. He's since been released on a $15,000 bond.