KCSO Raids Tire Store and Arrests One
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Theft Unit executed a search warrant at a North Knoxville business and arrested one of the workers. Justin Tyler Carter, 25, was arrested Wednesday at Quality Tire and Battery at 2943 Central Avenue and charged with theft, food stamp fraud, and a computer offense. He’s being held on a $5,500 bond. More arrests are expected.
As in other recent raids, an undercover officer sold merchandise that was allegedly stolen and bought items that were requested with EBT cards and then received cash in return. The EBT cards are used to purchase food and were formerly known as food stamps.
Officers found cash, stolen batteries, soft drinks, motor oil, anti-freeze, soap, cat food, and a coke machine. This was a three month investigation conducted by the Organized Retail Theft Unit in partnership with Kroger and the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said these investigations and raids will continue. “This type of fraud we’re combating is helping to put a dent in the opioid crises,” said Sheriff Spangler. “Often times drug addicts use their EBT cards to buy merchandise requested by a store owner and then are given cash that goes to buy drugs instead of food for their family. This is one way we hope to protect our citizens.”