Locust Fork man arrested on 11 counts of breaking and entering

Taylor Scott Bentley, 20, of Locust Fork, was arrested Monday when stolen property was found in his vehicle, according to Capt. Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

Items found in the car included a laptop, multiple phones, jewelry, pills, and more. Thomas said the valuables had been taken during eight or nine car break-ins. Heroin was also found in Bentley’s vehicle, and more stolen items could be in Jefferson County pawn shops but have yet to be recovered.

The 20-year-old is charged with 11 counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and possession of heroin.

As of Tuesday, he was in the Blount County Correctional Facility. His bond had yet to be set.

Bentley has 18 prior felonies, according to Thomas. Fourteen of those counts were third-degree burglary and second-degree theft, all from his relative’s house.

Thomas credited Lt. Lynn Chambliss, Sgt. Fred Cochran, and Investigator Jason Paul, all of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, in the arrest and investigation.