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Suspected Dognapper Arrested

Monday, 12 February 2018

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office nabbed the man who stole a truck with 11 year old Lulu, the Shih Tzu inside last Friday.  Officers found 39 year old Donald Jack Cates hiding in a house on Tipton Station Road late Monday morning.  He was taken into custody without incident.  He faces charges of felony theft and animal cruelty with a bond of $17,500.  Cates has a criminal history in Knox County of theft, driving without a license, and criminal trespassing.

Lulu was left in a pickup truck last Thursday afternoon when her owner, Joe Roberts, left her in the unlocked and running truck while he went into the Weigal’s on Governor John Sevier Highway.  Officers found the abandoned truck with Lulu inside and unharmed in a driveway on Government Farm Road Friday morning.











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