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Police arrest Gettysvue, Farragut burglary suspect

A Knox County Sheriff’s officer arrested a Knoxville man on I-40 near Papermill Drive Thursday, Sept. 11, on a traffic stop that led to the recovery of thousands of dollars worth of stolen items including golf clubs and tools.

KCSO Public Information Officer Martha Dooley said, “The officer stopped 23-year-old Wesley Cook Jr.’s car for a registration violation, and because it matched the description given out by detectives as a vehicle that had been used in burglaries of garages in the Gettysvue and Farragut areas. Golf clubs found in the back of the car turned out to be stolen and led detectives to a residence where they were given consent to search.

“Inside the residence Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives found 31 bags of golf clubs, eight leaf blowers, two lawnmowers, two string trimmers and an air compressor. The total worth of the items is estimated to be about $70,000. The items were taken from garages where the doors were left open.”

Cook has been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and driving while privilege suspended. He’s being held in the Knox County Jail on a $35,500 bond. He has a criminal record, which includes burglary, driving while privilege suspended, several failures to appear, violation of probation and simple possession.

Detectives are in the process of identifying the owners of the stolen goods. Anyone who wants to reclaim their items may call the Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2243 and ask for the Detective Division.


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