Police: Fall Branch man trashes motel room, tries to steal property

(PHOTO: Washington Co. TN Detention Ctr.)

A Johnson City police investigation revealed a man took a sledgehammer and trashed his motel room and then tried to steal property from a neighboring room.

Gregory Dean, 46, of Fall Branch, is charged with vandalism and aggravated burglary, according to the report issued Tuesday.

Dean told officers that he was under the influence of meth Monday afternoon when he caused the extensive damage at the Quality Inn on Pinnacle Drive and pried open the door of a nearby room with a crowbar, causing the occupant to flee that area, the report said.

Dean is being held on a $30,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sessions Court on Tuesday.