Teen, juvenile arrested in slew of Johnson City burglaries

Jared Shaffer; photo credit: Washington County Detention Center

An 18-year-old man as well as a 17-year-old juvenile have been charged in a slew of Johnson City burglaries.

According to the Johnson City Police Department, 18-year-old Jared Shaffer of Jonesborough as well as a 17-year-old juvenile male have been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, one count of burglary, theft over $1,000, theft of vehicle parts under $1,000, two counts of motor vehicle theft over $10,000, and vandalism over $1,000.

The investigation began on October 4 when officers responded to Grindstaff Kia on Bristol Highway. Employees found the gate to the fence on the east side of the lot was damaged, which indicated a vehicle was driven off the lot. It was found a 2014 Kia Sorento had been stolen and driven through the fence. This vehicle was found by the Washington County Tennessee Sheriff's Office on October 10 at the Dollar General on Gray Station Sulphur Springs Road in Jonesborough.

On Thursday around 4 a.m., police say the suspects burglarized Friendship Hyundai on North Roan Street and stole two sets of keys from inside the business. Police said the suspects stole a 2015 Mercedes C300 from the car lot and fled the area. A dealer tag was allegedly stolen from Buchanan Auto Sales and placed on the Mercedes.

Police added the two suspects burglarized a home on Sherwood Drive during the daytime hours of Thursday and stole an undetermined amount of gift/credit cards. After this incident, police said the two burglarized a house on Marshall Court, stealing a MacBook and a safe that contained two guns and ammo.

Authorities said that at around 9:48 p.m., officers from the Jonesborough Police Department spotted the stolen vehicle going west on West Jackson Boulevard and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver fled at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued. This ended near a house on Sand Ridge Court in Washington County, Tennessee, when the vehicle crashed. The driver, Jared Shaffer, was taken into custody, along with four juvenile passengers. The Jonesborough Police Department charged Shaffer with felony evading arrest and three counts of felony reckless endangerment.

The stolen safe, firearm, ammunition, MacBook, and gift/credit cards that were stolen in the two residential burglaries were recovered and returned to the rightful owners, authorities added. The Mercedes sustained significant damaged and will be returned to Friendship Hyundai.

Police said Shaffer and the juvenile suspect confessed to the crimes to investigators. Shaffer was taken to the Washington County Detention Center where he is being held on a $116,000 bond on the combined charges from the Johnson City Police Department and Jonesborough Police Department. His arraignment is set for Monday at 10 a.m.

The juvenile was taken to the Northeast Regional Juvenile Detention Facility and will have a bond hearing an unspecified date in Johnson City Juvenile Court.