Thieves steal resident’s bear statue from lawn

Published 4:01 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
A local resident is short one bear statue after two unidentified individuals removed the statue from the resident’s property.
Terry Freeman, 1408 Southside Road, Elizabethton, contacted the Carter County Sheriff’s Office about the theft on March 28. Freeman told Deputy Mark Ofsanik that his wife noticed the concrete statue missing.
Freeman reviewed his home’s video surveillance system and discovered that around 12:02 a.m. that morning a possible grey-colored minivan was seen traveling down the roadway and stopped shortly after passing the residence the report stated.
The two unidentified individuals wearing dark clothing with their heads and faces covered could be seen walking behind the mini-van.
One of the men entered the front yard of the Freemans’ residence and took the statue from the front yard. The individuals could be seen walking away from the property heading toward the mini-van which had the brake lights still lit as if the brakes were being applied.
At the initial time of the investigation, Freeman was unable to provide the deputy with a copy of the home’s video surveillance system but later was able to provide a USB stick with the footage which will be placed into evidence.
The statue was valued at $75 according to Freeman.

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