Investigator Honored for Work in Identifying and Charging Property Thieves

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Investigator Honored for Work in Identifying and Charging Property Thieves

Posted: 11/16/2015
KPD Officer of the MonthKnoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Police Chief David Rausch named Investigator David Ogle the August Officer of the Month for the Knoxville Police Department.  Officer Ogle has been with KPD since May 2002.

During the last part of June and the first part of July numerous property theft incidents began occurring in Knoxville, Knox County, Union County and Sevier County.  The male and female suspects were responsible for the theft of numerous lawn mowers, ATV’s, utility trailers, bicycles, and various lawn care equipment.  By utilizing evidence recovered from various locations, Investigator Ogle was able to identify the suspects and immediately shared that information with other law enforcement agencies.  On July 9, 2015, the suspects, James Burkhart and Nikki Sutton, were arrested after they crashed their vehicle fleeing from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  

Chief Rausch said, “As a result of David’s investigation, in excess of $122,000 worth of stolen property was recovered including three utility trailers, four riding lawn mowers, six ATV’s, 166 bicycles, and numerous guns, push mowers, leaf blowers, pressure washers, and hand tools.  Thankfully, many of these items have now been returned to their rightful owner.”

More than 100 charges from 45 different cases were filed on Burkhart and Sutton from just our department.  An additional 50 cases were investigated by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  That doesn’t include cases that are being investigated by Union and Sevier County authorities.  

Chief Rausch said, “As a result of Investigator Ogle’s efforts, two habitual criminals who were responsible for the victimization of hundreds of citizens have now been taken off the streets.  The City of Knoxville is a more secure and safer place as a result of David’s efforts.”