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Auto Store Raid Results in Two Arrests

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Two people are in custody charged with felony theft after a morning raid on Sexton’s New and Used Tires and Automotive.   The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Retail Theft Unit executed a search warrant at the automotive business located at 816 West Baxter Avenue Thursday morning.  The owner and his wife, Paul Edward Sexton and Corina Ann Sexton are charged with theft of property.  His bond is set at $12,000 and his wife’s at $3,000.  Other charges are pending including environmental charges that could involve disposal of tires.  The Knoxville Police Department and Department of Revenue assisted in the raid.

The Sextons are accused of buying stolen goods from drug addicts and even giving them orders to steal certain items.  Officers on the scene said there were thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise such as clothing, motor oil, automotive goods, and cigarettes at the business.   Acting on tips from drug addicts, undercover officers sold merchandise they said was stolen to the Sextons.

KCSO Chief Lee Tramel said the investigations will continue.  “If you sell stolen property, you are going to jail,” said Tramel.  “We will continue aggressive enforcement because this affects the entire community, including the prices you pay plus perpetuating drug use.”

The Retail Theft Unit began five years ago to help prevent shoplifting during the holidays and has grown through the years to a full-time unit.  The unit collaborates with various law enforcement agencies and retailers year round.








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