The Knox County Sheriff's Office have two men behind bars that they think are responsible for at least twenty break-ins at local businesses.
The arrests came after the Sheriff JJ Jones formed a special task force in response to a rash of burglaries in the Farragut, Cedar Bluff, and Karns areas since February 12.
Early Friday morning, two undercover officers caught two men in the act of breaking into a business on South Peters Road They watched the men pull into the parking lot, then drive away a short time later. In the meantime, dispatch was notified of an alarm at that business. The officers confirmed that the front door of the business had been force open, then stopped the suspect's vehicle on Gleason Drive at Gallaher View Road. They found items from the business, a crow bar, and a pry bar.
Kenneth Carl Loveday, Jr. and Jason Boyd Leffew, both 42 from Knoxville, were charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. Loveday also admitted to and was charged with the burglary on March 17th of VG's Bakery at 11552 Kingston Pike.
Both suspects have criminal histories involving burglary and theft.
Detectives believe the two suspects are connected to at least 20 burglaries at strip malls, office complexes, a warehouse, and a golf course. In most of those cases, the burglars pried open the back door.
The affected businesses were: Village Veterinary Clinic, Farragut Press, Admiral Veterinary Clinic, Campbell Station Primary Care, Reuben Pelot ( Dentist), Nelson Janitorial, Marcos Pizza, Silo Cigars, Oka Nails, Check Cash Advance, Willow Creek Golf Course, Contentious Mediation Group, Wealth and Retirement Strategies, Boucherie Group, JumpJam, Valley Wholesale, 608 Business Park Lane, and FDIC Receiver.