Man charged after breaking in sheriff's impound lot

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Marvin Lee Vaughn Jr.

A local man is charged in a litany of offenses after allegedly breaking in to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office impound lot and stealing numerous items from his car just hours after he was arrested on separate theft charges.

Marvin Lee Vaughn Jr., 29, of Corner Drive, faces burglary, tampering with evidence, theft, criminal trespassing and vandalism charges in connection with the late May break-in.

Vaughn’s car was full of property when the sheriff’s office initially arrested him for allegedly stealing a trailer and pop-up camper May 28, according to a sheriff’s office statement.

Deputies and detectives knew he had a questionable history, according to a sheriff’s office release, and they had his vehicle towed to the department impound lot where they planned to take inventory of the vehicle in daylight hours.

Between 4:30 and 5 a.m. that morning, the sheriff’s office was alerted to someone breaking in to the impound lot, and videotape showed Vaughn removing property from the lot. He is accused of taking several items valued at more than $1,000.

Detectives and deputies searched for him, and he turned himself in at the sheriff’s office about 15 hours later on May 29.

Vaughn went off his original $42,000 bond and is being held in jail on $150,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office. A hearing is set for July 21 in General Sessions Court.

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