The following press release has been furnished by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Murphy, NC— What started out from a reported theft from the Dollar Store in Marble, NC lead deputies to arrest four individuals for possessing a stolen weapon.
On May 03, 2013 the store manager from the Dollar Store located in Marble North Carolina called in making a report that four individuals had entered the store and had left without paying for items that they had taken from the shelves. Information was dispatched to the units with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. A short time later deputies with the Uniformed Services Division located the vehicle matching the description dispatched earlier.
While deputies were conducting an investigatory stop John Travis Knox fled from the scene taking a bag which contained the stolen weapon. The three remaining individuals: Jason Blomgren, Paige Farmer, and Jessica Hope Wells, all who gave a Murphy North Carolina residence, were arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center. Approximately two hours later deputies were able to locate Knox and transport him to the detention center.
Knox, Blomgren, Farmer and Wells were all charged with being in possession of the stolen weapon, Further Knox, who was recently released from the Tennessee Department of Corrections, was charged with possession of firearm by convicted felon. All four individuals were taken before the Cherokee County Magistrate where he placed them on secure bonds and set a May 21, 2013 Cherokee County District Court date.
In a continuing investigation involving the stolen gun, information became known to the investigators that convicted felon/sex offender Bruce Fredrick Caldwell had been involved in the transfer of the stolen weapon through Farmer and then to Knox. Caldwell was recently arrested for being on protected properties along with numerous failure to appear charges in connection with violations of the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry statutes.
Knox, Blomgren, and Caldwell are currently incarcerated in the Cherokee County Detention Center.
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