Bean Station man arrested after reported theft

BEAN STATION – A theft reported in February led to the arrest of a Bean Station man Thursday, April 15. 

According to a report filed by Grainger County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nathan Cook, Matthew Mark Tanner, 20, allegedly stole a 5,500 watt, yellow and black Generac generator Sunday, February 21 from a Rocky Summit Rd. residence. The victim operates a small engines repair shop from his home and the generator had been there for a carburetor repair. The generator is valued at $700.

The victim’s neighbor reportedly witnessed Tanner and a heavyset male take the generator, leading the victim to call Tanner and confront him about the incident. Tanner reportedly denied committing the theft. 

The neighbor reported seeing a white Chevrolet at the victim’s home with Tanner and a heavyset male adjusting the position of a generator in the back of the truck. The neighbor left and drove to a gas station and reported the white Chevrolet arrived at the gas station shortly after. The neighbor said he offered to buy the generator from the heavyset male, but was reportedly told it needed a carburetor repair and Tanner was going to fix it. The neighbor reportedly later found out the generator had been stolen. 

Cook reported meeting Bean Station Patrol Officer Mason Byrd and three Hawkins County detectives at a residence near Tanner’s home, where he learned the officers were looking for Tanner in relation to several theft cases. Cook then informed officers of the generator theft before he learned a truck and heavyset male matching the descriptions provided by the victim’s neighbor were at another Rocky Summit Rd. residence. 

Detectives spoke with the heavyset man who reportedly admitted he had helped Tanner load the generator into his truck from the victim’s residence. He reportedly informed officers the generator had been brought back to his residence where Tanner sold it to a man in a white Ford Explorer. The second man reportedly said he did not know Tanner was stealing the generator and thought because the victim was home, it was okay. 

Cook was dispatched to a Rocky Summit Rd. residence where Tanner was reportedly seen Sunday, April 11. Tanner was found in a small blue tent near the ruins of a residence which had recently burned. Tanner reportedly opened the entrance of the tent as Cook approached. He was instructed by officers to stop and reportedly exited the tent and ran toward a wooded area. 

Cook deployed his taser and successfully connected. However, when Tanner fell to the ground a wire disconnected, reportedly allowing him to escape and run into a nearby wooded area. Cook commanded Tanner stop, and he reportedly did not comply. Cook attempted to find Tanner in the woods, but was unsuccessful. 

Grainger County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Chad Seal and Deputy Chris Masson went to a Rocky Summit Rd. residence Thursday, April 15 to serve Tanner with a warrant. The defendant was reportedly inside a tent. Officers successfully detained Tanner. 

Tanner was arrested and charged with violation of probation, evading arrest, resisting stop and arrest and theft of property more than $500. He was transported to Grainger County Detention Center.