BUSTED: Suspect in World's Longest Yard Sale theft arrested
A Pikeville man faces theft and assault charges after allegedly trying to rip off vendors from the World's Longest Yard Sale. The sale stretched along Highway 127. This incident happened last week in Bledsoe County.
"I just heard that somebody had been stealing stuff from the yard sales and I just don't think that's right," says Pikeville's Ellen Farley, who can stand down from guarding her sale tent after Adam Lee Ferguson's arrest and allegedescapade through the Highway 127 yard sale last week.
Ferguson's arrest affidavit from the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department says vendors confronted Ferguson on two separate occasions.
They claim they saw Ferguson stealing. One vendor reportedly pulled a gun on Ferguson, who allegedly attacked the man, injuring him before fleeing.
When deputies caught up with Ferguson, they recovered much of the stolen loot, estimated at $2,500.
"Some people around here, some of them don't know any better, they're crazy," says sidewalk peddler Dustin Greene.
"I cannot believe that guy would try to do something like that, we try to have a yard sale to bring people in and bring money into the area and then somebody tries doing something like that. I think its just ridiculous," says Timothy Strong, owner of Little Maggie's Diner in downtown Pikeville.
Sheriff officials say Ferguson turned himself in Wednesday on charges of theft of more than $1,000 and assault. He promptly bailed out of the Bledsoe County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
Back on Pikeville's Main Street, both Dustin Greene and Timothy Strong say it's a good thing Ferguson didn't try pulling a similar stunt on them.
"He might have got shot, you know you don't come here and steal from me, I'm not that kind of guy, I'm a hard working American man, that's all there is to it. What's mine is mine, don't touch it and I won't have to shoot you," says Strong half jokingly.
Officials with the Fentress County, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, which helps coordinate the annual yard sale that spans 690 miles from Alabama to Michigan, say they were unaware of the Bledsoe County case and stress incidents such as it are few and far between.
Ferguson awaits his next scheduled court appearance in September, more charges could be pending.