Man finds his stolen items in neighbor's tornado debris

Stolen items found after tornado

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - One home in Rock Springs was right in the path of Sunday's tornado, but once the community came to help pick up the pieces, they discovered something much worse.

As one neighbor came to see if everyone was okay after Sunday's damage, he found something belonging to him.

Ed Cleek lives on Rock Springs Drive. Right down the hill, at 1912 Rock Springs Road is where Jerrod Christian used to live. Christian now sits in the Kingsport City Jail. This after Cleek saw something belonging to him in the pile of debris.

"The first thing that he noticed was this bright red air compressor that he just reported stolen the day before, so obviously his eye was drawn to it," says Thomas Patton with the Kingsport Police Department.

Police were called shortly after, and in addition to finding the compressor, they also found Cleek's weed eater and welder.

"Basically the end result was we were able to solve two burglaries out of this damage from the tornado," says Patton.

Mr. Cleek tells News 5 he's just happy to have most of his stuff back.

Officer Patton tells News 5 Christian was arrested the day before on an unrelated issue. He's being charged with two counts of burglary, one count of theft of property over $1,000 and one count of theft of property $500.

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