Elizabethton man charged with breaking into doctor’s office

Published 8:26am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An Elizabethton man has been charged with burglary after police accused him of breaking into a doctor’s office.
Michael Sims, 22, 718 W. G St., was arrested early Sunday morning by the Elizabethton Police Department and charged with burglary.
EPD officer Justin Pearce was dispatched to West G Street at around 3:41 a.m. Sunday after being advised of a male in a gold sedan stopping behind several businesses. Pearce spotted the car leaving the Burgie Drug parking lot without its headlights on and stopped the driver, who he said was later identified as Sims.
Pearce wrote in the report that Sims was “extremely nervous” and had “sweat on his forehead.” According to the report, Sims said he had been behind the Burgie Drug building because he “had anxiety and was trying to relax.”
Pearce said EPD officer Matthew Taylor did a check of the building and found the rear window on the south side had been broken and three syringes were lying outside of the window on the ground. The window entered into Dr. Aly Bassal’s office.
Pearce wrote that he noticed several fresh cuts on Sims’ hands and forearm, after which point Sims was read his rights and detained. Pearce reported that Sims’ story continued to change, and he said the cuts on his hands were from cutting brush.
Bassal arrived at the office and EPD officers were able to enter the building. Pearce wrote in his report that he found a footprint on an office chair, and said the tread pattern appeared to match the pattern on the bottom of Sims’ shoes.
Pearce said Sims said he had found the window broken and entered the building but did not break the window.
The report also lists a witness who was said to identified Sims as being behind the building.
Sims is set to appear in General Sessions court on June 3.

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