PIGEON FORGE — A Blaine man found out the hard way he couldn’t just go to his car in an impound lot and start taking items out of it before it was released.
Thirty-six-year-old Joshua Fredrick Hood is now charged with tampering with evidence after an officer caught him last week taking items from his car in the Pigeon Forge Police impound lot, which sits on a fenced in area on city property near the community center.
“You can’t wander back there and tell somebody, ‘oh I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to be back here,’ ” Chief Richard Catlett said.
Hood went to the lot after police took his car following an arrest a day earlier, Catlett said.
Pigeon Forge dispatchers had gotten a call about a suspicious vehicle in the area around Dollywood, and stopped Hood for a traffic violation in the area a short time later.
Hood was eventually charged with possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His car was taken to the impound lot at that point, Catlett said, and he apparently went there a short time after his release.
On Tuesday, Hood was still being held at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.