Knoxville Police arrested two Knoxville men Wednesday Dec. 12, during a traffic stop in connection with a rash of recent burglaries of businesses on Lovell Road and in Bearden.
The first report of a burglary was reported at approximately 3:30 a.m. when KPD officers responded to a burglary at the Silver Spoon Café on Lovell Road. They determined two cash register drawers had been removed. At that time, police had few clues to work with.
Approximately 45 minute later, KPD officers responded to an attempted burglary at the Bearden Hill Field House. A witness observed a white male jumping over a fence on the property. The witness was able to provide officers a partial license plate number and a suspect vehicle description. The suspect fled before completing the burglary and no entry was made into the business. Within 16 minutes, Knox County deputies responded to an alarm at Five Guys Burger and Fries at 7531 Barnett Way off Emory Road. Suspects had entered the business and attempted to remove the safe, but were unsuccessful.
At approximately 4:50 a.m., Knox County deputies responded to another business alarm at Spicy’s, 950 W. Emory Road. Officers discovered the ATM machine had been removed from the business. Meanwhile, members of the Knoxville Police Department’s East Echo Patrol Division began organizing patrol efforts to locate the suspects. Officers began communicating directly with each other as well as with other sectors and agencies within the region via dispatch to share information and begin following up on possible investigative leads.
At approximately 5:06 a.m., patrol officers observed the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver parked in the driveway of his residence located at 3021 Shelbourne Drive. The driver and passenger were taken into custody without incident.
KPD Lt. J. Kiely said the occupants of the vehicle along with two adult females who were located inside the residence were transported to headquarters for additional questioning. Forensics technicians, CID investigators, and members of the Repeat Offender Squad responded to the scene to continue the investigation. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle and residence, police said they discovered additional evidence of multiple burglaries inside the residence and also inside suspect’s vehicle in plain view.
Kenneth Carl Loveday 41, who was the driver, and Timothy Gayton Ross, 39, a passenger, were charged by Knox County Sheriff’s Office with the burglary of Spicys, 950 W. Emory Road and were being held on $20,000 bond.
Authorities say numerous additional charges are pending the continued investigation. The two suspects are also believed to be linked to multiple recent business burglaries, possibly between 10-20 additional incidents, within the city and the county over the past several months. A large amount of stolen property has been recovered from the residence and is currently being processed by investigators.
No charges were placed against the women that were transported from the residence for questioning.
By Wes Hall