Alleged storage unit burglar receives additional charges

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Proctor Jones received more charges while still behind bars in the Bell County Detention Center.

Jones, 33, and 33-year-old Mikel Ray Taylor were arrested on June 4 for allegedly breaking into storage units in Bell County, Claiborne County, Tenn., and Lee County, Va.

According to the Pineville Police Department Facebook page, at the time of the arrests both men were expected to receive more charges.

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Jones received those charges Monday when Pineville Police Officer Mike Smith and Barbourville Police Officer Josh Lawson charged Jones with receiving stolen property over $500 but under $10,000 and also theft by deception.

According to the statement, Lawson reached out to the Pineville Police Department with is investigation into 16 storage buildings that had been burglarized in Barbourville. It was discovered through the investigation that 20 Case brand knives were taken from one of the units and then sold at a local pawn shop.

The pawn shop confirmed the sale and returned the knives to the police, which was valued at $3,000.

Jones is awaiting arraignment on the new charges and is currently being held without bond. Once he is arraigned, he is set to be released to Claiborne County authorities.