Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Pawn Shop Investigation Leads to Three Arrests
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Northwest Knox County pawn shop for selling stolen merchandise. 58-year-old Timothy Duke Gard and his son, 35-year-old Matthew Keith Gard, who own Big Orange Pawn and Loan, have been arrested and charged with felony theft. Each will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond.
The KCSO Retail Theft Unit started the investigation in conjunction with many Knoxville retailers who identified shoplifters and what they were stealing. According to KCSO Chief Lee Tramel, most of the shoplifters are opiate addicts who are selling the stolen items to support their habits. “We are using an all hands aboard approach,” said Tramel. "We have partnered with a number of law enforcement agencies and retailers to attack this problem from every angle." The Chief said there are potentially tens of thousands of dollars of stolen goods that were sold for pennies on the dollar.
KCSO executed two more warrants at two other locations associated with the pawn shop, including Matthew Gard’s home, located at 5517 Timbercrest Trail, and Cumberland Estates Mini Storage, located at 5911 Western Avenue. Officers are expected to be at the pawn shop for several days cataloging thousands of items. Chief Tramel said that the items were anything of any value that could be stolen from area retail stores.
The Knoxville Police Department, ATF, Homeland Security, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Tennessee Department of Revenue are assisting in the ongoing investigation. The retailers that have partnered with KCSO are Kroger, Academy Sports, Ulta, Marshall’s, Kohl’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, PetSmart, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
While officers brought items out of the business to be tagged, a theft suspect showed up across the street and was arrested for felony theft. He was identified as 63-year-old Anthony Richard Guida of Knoxville. He will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $3,000 bond. Mug shots unavailable at this time. Investigations continue.
9th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial 5K
The 9th Annual Knoxville Law Enforcement Memorial 5K will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 8:00 a.m. at Sequoyah Hills Park, 1400 Cherokee Blvd. Proceeds of the event benefit the establishment of a law enforcement memorial in Knoxville.
UPDATE: KCSO Searching for Suspect in Four Armed Robberies and Person of Interest in One
Thanks to media coverage, the person of interest in a Waffle House armed robbery has been identified and located. The Knox County Sheriff's Office is still asking for the public's assistance in identifying the black female who has robbed four businesses in Knox County since last month.
The first robbery occurred on March 27th at Rocky Top Market, located at 10518 Kingston Pike. The second occurred on April 6th at Subway, located at 7654 Oak Ridge Highway. The third and forth took place on April 10th at Rocky Top Market, located at 10518 Kingston Pike, and at Waffle House, located at 5416 Asheville Highway. In each robbery, the suspect entered the business, displayed a semi-automatic handgun, demanded money, and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 20-30-years old, 110-130 pounds, 5’8”-5’10”, with a thin build.
The matter is being investigated by KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit and the Knoxville Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit. KCSO is in the process of interviewing the person of interest in the Waffle House armed robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact KCSO’s Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.
Scammers are at it again!