Man charged with breaking into county home

Published 10:14 am Friday, September 1, 2017

A Carter County man faces a felony charge after deputies say they interrupted a burglary in progress at a home.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jimmy Coffey, 46, of 727 Sugar Hollow Road, Elizabethton, late Wednesday night and charged him with burglary.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to a home on Sugar Hollow Road after a 911 caller reported a burglary in progress at the residence.

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CCSO Investigator Nick Andes said when he arrived on the scene the 911 caller flagged him down, directed him to the home where the burglary was occurring and said no one had exited the house.

“I then deployed K9 Hugo and walked to the rear of the residence where I observed the rear/side door broken and slightly cracked open,” Andes said. “I then advised other officers to form a perimeter while I deployed Hugo into the residence.”

Andes said he approached the door and gave two warnings for anyone inside to surrender or he would release K9 Hugo into the house.

“Upon giving the warnings a voice inside called out,” Andes said.

When he walked inside, Andes said he saw a male subject, later identified as Coffey, standing in the kitchen with gloves in his hands. Coffey followed orders and was taken into custody without incident, Andes said.

When officers searched his person, Andes said they found a butterfly hair pin, a bottle of whiskey, a flashlight, and three women’s rings in his pockets. Andes said other items were boxed up near the door as if they were being prepared to be taken out of the home.

“A bent butter knife was found in the kitchen floor and appeared to have been used to pry open the rear/side door,” Andes said. “The butter knife matched up to the scrapes on the door frame of the broken door.”