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Complicated chain of events led to arrest for ATV theft

July 10, 2018 – The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspect in a 4-wheeler theft this week.

That is the simple version of what happened, but the actual chain of events was somewhat complicated.

According to Detective Jason Harvey, this is what happened:

Saturday, July 7: The sheriff's department received a report at about 1:30-2 p.m. of a 1999 Honda ATV valued at $3,500 stolen from a residence on Raven Cliff Road, Lewis Chapel Mountain.

Sunday morning: The Dunlap Police Department served a warrant, unrelated to the 4-wheeler theft, on Dennis James Howard, a homeless man in his twenties living with friends in Dunlap. Howard was subsequently released on a medical furlough, with a GPS monitor on his ankle.

Sunday noon: Someone tipped off police that Howard had left behind a 4-wheeler in the back yard of the residence where he was arrested. Detectives from the sheriff's department and city police recovered what turned out to be the ATV stolen from Lewis Chapel.

Sunday night: Howard cut the GPS monitor off his ankle and was immediately considered a fugitive.

Monday noon: Officers detained Howard at the Griswold Recreational Park south of Dunlap and delivered him to the Sequatchie County Justice Center.

Dennis James Howard was booked into the county jail where he faces charges of felony escape and theft over $1,500.