Deputies say a Knoxville man claims he's responsible for up to 400 area burglaries. One of the man's alleged victims speaks.
(WBIR - Knoxville) The Knox County sheriff's says Aaron Estes, 24, of Knoxville claims responsibility for 300 to 400 vehicle burglaries occurring in September and October.
Matthew Bachstein of Knoxville said he's one of the hundreds of victims.
"I really had nothing of value taken. I had one current gas card and then a bunch of old expired ones, a Kroger card, and a Carmike Rewards card. Things like that," said Bachstein.
Bachstein said when he got inside his Nissan Altima Sunday, he noticed items that were once inside his car's console had been tossed into the passenger's seat.
Knox County deputies arrested Estes after getting a call Wednesday morning regarding someone sleeping in a vehicle on Cedarpark Lane.
Not only did deputies find Estes, but they said he was inside a stolen vehicle that was filled with stolen property. Among the items deputies said they found in the vehicle at the time of Estes' arrest were cameras, drivers licenses, credit cards, GPS systems, cell phones, a pocket watch, an iPod, prescription medication, knives, a Mini 4 Bar light bar, and house and vehicle keys.
KCSO said Estes admitted to stealing four vehicles and had plans to steal more. Two of the vehicles have been recovered. Detectives are searching for the other two.
Bachstein said his car was unlocked accidentally. "The keychain fob I use to open the car is really sensitive. I will sit down and if I'm in range sometimes my alarm will go off. So I probably sat down with it in my pocket and unlocked the door," he said.
KCSO said Estes was arrested without incident. He is charged with three counts of theft and three counts of burglary. Deputies said Estes also had an outstanding warrant for simple possession. His bond has been set at $41,000.
KCSO said Estes has a lengthy criminal history in Knox County, which includes unauthorized use of debit / credit card, and multiple burglaries, aggravated burglaries, and thefts.