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Tornado exposes stolen items in man's home

By Stephanie Santostasi, ssantostasi@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 30 2014 04:08:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 28 2014 11:00:00 PM CDT

One home in the Rock Springs area of Kingsport was right in the path of a tornado Sunday. Once the community came to help pick up the pieces, they discovered something much worse.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

One home in the Rock Springs area of Kingsport was right in the path of a tornado Sunday. Once the community came to help pick up the pieces, they discovered something much worse.

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 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 string trimmer 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 his property 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.

Click here to view videos of the tornado that hit the home.

Click here to view photos of the storm.