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Police: Gray man left shoe, wallet behind at scenes of attempted burglaries

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 5:40 PM

A Johnson City man who left a shoe behind at a the scene of a home burglary and his wallet at the scene of a church break-in was charged Wednesday with larceny and aggravated burglary, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said.

Deputies were dispatched early Tuesday to an attempted home burglary on Wiltshire Drive. The man reportedly fled when he was confronted by the homeowner, but ended up leaving a shoe behind. A short time later, officers said they found John Larkin, 42, passed out in a vehicle on Circle Drive after a witness saw him trying to steal landscaping equipment.

When deputies found Larkin, they said he was only wearing one shoe.

Later the same day, officers were sent to Boones Creek Freewill Baptist Church, 6010 Kingsport Highway, Gray, where a church member reported finding Larkin’s wallet and identification laying near the back door of the church. The woman also found two windows had been broken in an attempt to enter the church.

Larkin was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $43,000 bond and was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Sessions Court.

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