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Turkey Creek businesses burglarized


Knoxville Police Department officers began Sunday, July 23, investigating a series of overnight break-ins in which burglars stole an undetermined amount of money from three businesses at 10901 Parkside Drive.

The businesses, located in the Colonial Pinnacle Lifestyle Center at Turkey Creek, lie just east of the town of Farragut’s corporate limits.

Darrell DeBusk, KPD public information officer, said two or more burglars apparently severed phone and power lines to three businesses late Saturday or early Sunday, then waited to see whether police would respond to a silent alarm.

DeBusk said suspects then forced open rear entrances of the Sprint store, the adjacent I Sold It on eBay location and a Quizno’s Sub location.

Police investigators said intruders apparently used a hammer, hatchet or other implement to force door locks, then headed directly for cash registers in the four businesses.

An employee of one of the businesses discovered the burglary, which may have occurred late Saturday, when he went to open a business in the strip mall Sunday morning.

DeBusk said first reports indicated burglars got only money. Crime lab specialists, he said, had found several latent fingerprints at the crime scene and would use those to further the police investigation.

Police patrols now will keep a closer watch on businesses in the Turkey Creek vicinity.

DeBusk asked that anyone having information about the burglaries should call the KPD crime information hotline at

865-215-7212.

 

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