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Thieves strike out

Three people have been charged after a scheme of stealing more than $128,000 in retail value of baseball equipment was uncovered after detectives were able to track down the suspects that took hundreds of items, including custom baseball gloves and batting gloves, from Wilson Sporting Goods in Mt. Juliet.

Two of the suspects, Rebecca M. Knight (32) and Rachel D. Patterson (34), were employees of the sporting goods store and were charged with Theft of Property ($10,000-$60,000).

While Knight and Patterson worked together to deprive the business of its inventory, a third suspect, Terry L. Averitt (35), was charged in connection to the crime by receiving the stolen items from the two and transporting them with his vehicle.

“Wilson Sporting Goods contacted us after they noticed a significant amount of items missing from their warehouse,” said Sheriff Robert Bryan. “Detectives were able to develop strong leads which led to the arrests of these three individuals. This was a complex scheme and thankful that their Loss Prevention unit remained vigilant in recognizing the missing items which were strategically taken over a period of time.”

Averitt has been released from the Wilson County Jail after posting a $20,000 bond. Knight and Patterson still remain in jail on a $20,000 bond and all three were given an initial court appearance for Feb. 20, 2018.

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