Update: 5 arrested in connection with organized crime

Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM EST
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Updated 02/10

The Knox County Sheriff's Department arrested two more people in connection with the January 7 burglary on Highway 1304 in Girdler.

Ronnie Dean Gray, 54, of Girdler and Patrick A. Gray of Flat Lick were arrested for engaging with organized crime.

These latest arrests bring the total arrested up to 5.

Original Story 01/28

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a call of a reported burglary at a home. This happened on Highway 1304 in Girdler on January 7.

When deputies arrived at the home they learned that furniture, a 1979 Corvette, a 1990 Mercedes Benz, and a 1979 Chevy pick-up were gone.

Police suspected from the beginning that the thefts took several people and were spread over the course of several days.

"Usually we do not see a burglary to this extent where they completely clean the house out. Furniture and all. Bathroom fixtures, living room fixtures," said Smith. "There are more involved and the investigation is continuing. So, we're actively seeking two more individuals with arrest warrants, and possibly more."

On January 16, deputies arrested Jeffery Scott Gray, 34, of Hinkle and Letcher Asher, 45, of Heidrick for second-degree burglary charges.

After further investigation, deputies learned that three other people were involved in the theft. Taza L. Bowling, 27, of Cannon was arrested.

The Corvette and Chevy pick-up along with items of furniture were recovered during the investigation.

Bowling was charged with engaging in organized crime and theft by unlawful taking.

Gray and Asher's burglary charges were upgraded to engaging in organized crime. Asher also was wanted on Knox and Fayette County bench warrants.

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