Search warrant leads to recovery of stolen items

RUTLEDGE – The execution of a search warrant on a Rutledge apartment led to the recovery of a number of recently stolen items by the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department.

Jack Alvin Walker, 30, and Holly Marie Leonard, 34, both of Oak Rd., Rutledge, face charges related to the thefts and drug possession charges.

Some of the items recovered had been stolen during burglaries on Owl Hole Gap Rd., Poor Valley Rd. and Byrd Rd., according to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Department Monday, November 30. Some of the items were identified as having been stolen in New Market. Investigation into the identification of the owners of several items is continuing. 

According to the press release, information developed by Detective Captain Leon Spoone, Detective Marvin Braden and Deputy Colby Nicely led to the issuance of a search warrant on the property after the pair attempted to sell items on social media that were recognized by

family members. 

Walker and Leonard have been charged with aggravated burglary, three counts of burglary, four counts of theft more than $1,000 but less than $10,000, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (heroin). 

Both face additional burglary and theft charges from the New Market Police Department. Walker also faces charges in Knox Co.