Lawrence County Tenn. burglary suspect captured

George Michael Bennett

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. – The Lawrence County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office has located a burglary suspect accused of stealing over $70,000 worth of property.

Deputies say the burglary happened in north Lawrence County Tennessee Saturday morning. The suspect, George Michael Bennett, who was already wanted by police for an unrelated matter, was found at the property.  However, deputies say he fled on foot after seeing them arrive at the scene. Deputies chased Bennett into nearby woods but were unable to find him.

Deputies and THP troopers worked together to take Bennett into custody on Wednesday at an abandoned trailer near the Lawrence County, Tenn. and Lewis County, Tenn line.

Deputies say some of the stolen items include three Kawasaki off-road-vehicles, one Honda all-terrain-vehicle, one John Deer Tractor, one Remington shotgun, a weed eater, a utility trailer, and various hand-tools. Some of those items were later located on other properties. The value of the property taken is estimated to be $71,750.

“Today’s arrest of George Michael Bennett sends a clear message to those commit crimes in Lawrence County that you will be brought to justice. I’m glad that Mr. Bennett will have his day in court but I’m more thankful that our residents whose property was stolen will have closure in this matter,” stated Lawrence County Sheriff John Myers.

Bennett is currently being held without bond in the Lawrence County Detention Center on multiple charges.