New details released in Carter County Courthouse break-in

Published 8:42 am Friday, December 28, 2018

Released documents show that approximately $94 was stolen during a break-in at the Carter County Clerk’s Office inside the courthouse on Nov. 27.

On Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m., patrol officer Kenny Lowe responded to a burglary call at the Clerk’s Office where he first spoke with Patsy Lewis who informed Lowe that the business had been burglarized and that money had been stolen. Lowe noted that he saw that a portion of the glass in the front door was broken. He also noticed blood on two drawers in the office area, and blood on an envelope in Deanna McInturff’s desk drawers.

After speaking with McInturff, Lowe learned that roughly $94 was missing from her money drawer and that she was only missing bills and not coins.

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County Clerk Mary Gouge also informed Lowe that a $2 bill was missing from Gouge’s desk drawer and that an unknown amount of money was missing from the Donate Life collection box.

Investigators took two swabs of blood evidence from the scene. Also listed in the incident report is a DVD interview with a gentleman named Ricky Greenwell. Also listed are photos of Greenwell’s hands.

According to Elizabethton Police Department Captain Shane Darling, Greenwell is a suspect in the break-in and that the investigation is still on-going.

The courthouse was closed on Nov. 28 due to the break-in.