A Maryville man police say is linked to multiple burglaries was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.
Mitchell Lee Hurley, 34, of Tuckaleechee Pike in Maryville faces charges including three counts of burglary of an automobile and driving on a revoked license, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies believe Hurley is connected to as many as 22 auto burglaries in Blount County.
According to the sheriff's office, his charges include "permissive joinder of offenses" or a "continuous scheme", which would allow restitution for all the victims of the burglaries.
Hurley has been booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility on bonds totaling $9,250 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court. That hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on May 30.
The sheriff's office said a deputy was patrolling the area of East Broadway Avenue when he saw a driver not wearing a seat belt. After pulling him over, the deputy learned he was also allegedly driving on a revoked driver's license.
During the course of the traffic stop and follow-up investigation, deputies said they got information that connected Hurley to at least 22 car burglaries on the south end of Blount County as well as some neighborhoods in Louisville.
Deputies said the majority of the vehicles were unlocked at the time they were burglarized.