Police say man stole deck from neighbor’s home

Published 9:08 am Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Roan Mountain man faces a felony charge after police say he stole a wooden deck from a neighboring residence.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Buchanan, 30, of 189 Morgan Branch Road, Roan Mountain, on Nov. 23 and charged him with theft of property over $1,000. Deputies also served Buchanan with an outstanding warrant charging him with failure to appear.

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According to court documents, CCSO Sgt. Myles Cook responded to a home in Roan Mountain after the owner called 911 to report a theft. When he arrived on the scene, Cook spoke with Eddie Guinn, who told the officer someone had stolen a deck from property he owns on Willard Perkins Road in Roan Mountain. Guinn said the theft occurred on the night of Nov. 22.

“Mr. Guinn had followed muddy tire tracks from the area the deck was stolen to 167 Bluegrass Road, the residence of Paul Clawson,” Cook said. “Mr. Clawson stated to me and Mr. Guinn that he did take the deck from the property along with the neighbor of the property, a Christopher Buchanan, and that he had paid Mr. Buchanan $100 for the deck.”

Cook said he then went to Buchanan’s residence at 189 Morgan Branch Road, which he said adjoins Guinn’s property on Willard Perkins Road. When he arrived at Buchanan’s home, Cook noted he located pieces of the deck taken from Guinn’s property.

“When Mr. Buchanan was asked if he had involvement in taking the deck, he stated that he did,” Cook said. “Mr. Buchanan stated that he had taken the deck with Mr. Clawson on the night of Nov. 22, and that he had told Mr. Clawson it was ok.”

“Mr. Buchanan could give no reason why he thought taking Mr. Guinn’s property was ok, or why he chose to take it during the night in the manner that he did,” Cook added.

Guinn told the officer the estimated value of the deck was over $1,000.

Cook arrested Buchanan and transported him to the Carter County Detention Center. Buchanan later posted a $1,000 bond and was released from custody. He is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Dec. 12.