KNOX COUNTY - A judge sentenced a man to 36 years in prison for his involvement in multiple business burglaries throughout Knox County.
Judge Scott Green imposed the sentence in a hearing Friday.
According to the District Attorney's Office, Melvin Dwayne Dunn Jr., 46, was convicted in February on 11 counts of burglary, evading arrest and possession of burglary tools.
Prosecutors told the jury Dunn stole from Knox County businesses from November 2014 to July 2015.
He burglarized the Mellow Mushroom in Farragut, the Krystal's on Strawberry Plains Pike, a credit union on Northshore Drive, a liquor store on Asheville Highway, a restaurant on Woodland Avenue and six McDonald's through the county.
In many of the burglaries, Dunn would get into the business by breaking cinder block walls or drive-thru windows. He would then use a maul to beat the hinges off the business's safe.
Dunn stole tens of thousands of dollars from the businesses.
“For nearly three decades, this brazen, professional criminal has devoted his life to committing criminal acts as his source of livelihood,” said DA Charme Allen. “He has earned the title of career offender and has earned the lengthy sentence he now faces.”
Dunn has 17 prior convictions in four other counties for burglary, theft, vandalism and escape dating back to 1990.
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