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Police Say Couple Had ‘Hit-List’ of Homes Targeted for Break-ins

August 30, 1985

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A couple arrested on burglary charges had a ″hit list″ of homes in the Southeast targeted for break-ins and $500,000 in stereo equipment and appliances, police said.

″We’ve got homes from Asheville, N.C., to Texas on this list, and we don’t know if they’ve been hit yet or not,″ said Jim Norris, a Metro Knoxville detective.

He said Thursday police were using the list to trace owners of the items.

Police who raided the home of Thomas and Marie Hartley on Tuesday said they found video-cassette recorders, stereos, televisions, tool sets, lathes, bench drills, a soft drink machine and various appliances. They also found a van, a recreational vehicle, a satellite dish, a limousine, a moped and a motorcycle.

The couple were arrested last Friday while fleeing in a pick-up truck with their 5-year-old son from a reported break-in near Chattanooga, police said.

″When we seized the pickup truck, we found page after page of documentation that appeared to be a ‘hit-list’ of homes from all over the southeastern United States,″ said Detective Gaty Gaskill.

″The list had directions on how to get to the homes and items marked to steal. It looks like they just drove all over, picked out houses to hit, and went after them. The house outside Chattanooga was on that list,″ he said.

Included were homes in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Georgia, police said.

The Hartleys were charged with burglary, larceny, carrying weapons with the intent of going armed, felonious assault, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy, assault on a police officer, and receiving and concealing stolen property.

Hartley was ordered held on $70,000 bond while Mrs. Hartley was held on $50,000 bond. Their son was placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services, Norris said.

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