Car burglary suspects pick up charges in Johnson City

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Burglary Bind Over

Two Elizabethton men charged with a string of car burglaries are now facing similar charges in Johnson City.

On Tuesday, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Joshua Milsaps, 21, of 828 Hickory St. and Joshua Russell, 31, of 5322 Highway 19E, Lot 6, Hampton. Police charged Milsaps with three counts of burglary to an automobile and three counts of theft of property less than $500. Investigators charged Russell with four counts of burglary to an automobile, three counts of theft of property less than $500, one count of theft of property over $1,000 and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. The arrests were the result of an investigation into a rash of automobile burglaries that occurred in late March in North Johnson City, JCPD Inv. Justin Adams said.

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Milsaps and Russell were originally arrested in March at a Johnson City hotel after officers of the Elizabethton Police Department received a tip the two men were involved in a string of car burglaries in Elizabethton.

“Investigators found various items in their possession which were determined to have been taken from some of the reported auto burglaries in Elizabethton,” EPD Capt. Joy Shoun said after Milsaps and Russell were arrested. “Officers also recovered other items believed to have been stolen out of other jurisdictions.”

Some of those stolen items have now been traced to auto burglaries in Johnson City. Both Russell and Milsaps were interviewed on March 25, 2015 after being found in possession of numerous items of stolen property,” Adams said. “Both subjects admitted breaking into several automobiles within walking distance of a Johnson City hotel in which they were residing.”

At the time of their arrest by Johnson City officers, Milsaps and Russell were being held in the Carter County Detention Center. The two men were transferred to the Washington County Detention Center for a court appearance on the new charges from the Johnson City Police Department. Milsaps is being held in lieu of a $33,000 bond on the Johnson City charges while Russell’s bond was set at $54,000 for the Johnson City charges.

Both men are still facing multiple charges in Carter County, where the two men were bound over to a Carter County Grand Jury last week. Milsaps faces 11 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine while Russell faces 10 counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Bonds of $15,000 each remain in effect on Milsaps and Russell for the charges in Carter County. The two men are schedule to appear in Carter County Criminal Court on July 30.