A Decatur man is suspected of stealing several big ticket items in four East Tennessee counties.
Tim Dawson, 42, is charged with several counts of felony theft in Loudon County, but could face charges in McMinn, Monroe, and Bradley Counties.
According to Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider, the investigation began in early April, when a Triton bass boat was stolen from a home on Erie Road. The boat also contained fishing equipment and life jackets. Two days later and in the same area, a John Deere farm tractor was taken from a home on Blue Springs Road. Those stolen items were valued at over $150,000 dollars.
Investigators eventually identified Dawson as a suspect, and conducted surveillance on his home. On April 23, Loudon County investigators, along with officers from McMinn County Sheriff's Department and Sweetwater Police Department searched Dawson's property on County Road 293 in McMinn County. They recovered the tractor as well as two four-wheelers that were stolen in Monroe County.
On May 14, Dawson was arrested at a Sweetwater hotel. He's being held in the Loudon County Justice Center.