The owners of a North Knoxville tire and auto repair store were arrested and charged with felony theft on Thursday after a raid by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

The agency's Retail Theft Unit executed a search warrant Thursday morning at Sexton's New and Used Tires on West Baxter Avenue.

According to KCSO, the shop's owner and his wife, Paul Edward Sexton and Corina Ann Sexton, had been buying stolen goods from drug addicts and even giving addicts orders to steal certain items.

Both have been charged with theft of property and other charges are pending.

KCSO said they had received tips about the operation from drug addicts. Before the raid, Chief Deputy Lee Tramel said undercover agents sold stolen property to the business.

“If you sell stolen property, you are going to jail,” said Tramel. “We will continue aggressive enforcement because this affects the entire community, including the prices you pay plus perpetuating drug use.”

Authorities on the scene said there were thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise including clothing, motor auto, car parts, and cigarettes.