Tipton County Theft Suspect Arrested

William Clayton Petty

TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn – On 03 February 2017, after posting the video and pictures of a theft suspect on social media, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office detectives developed a suspect in the thefts.  Detectives worked throughout the weekend after receiving multiple tips indicating the identity of the male pictured possibly as William Clayton Petty, 20, of 1928 Crigger Road in Millington, (Tipton County) TN.


On Sunday, 05 February 2017, at about 2:00 PM, Petty went to a relative’s home in Tipton County and surrendered to Detectives.   Petty was interviewed and admitted to his role in the thefts on Karen Street and Holly Grove Road.


Petty has been formally charged with Burglary of an Automobile, Theft of Property under $1,000.00, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle.  Petty remains in custody with a $30,000.00 bond awaiting his appearance in Tipton County General Sessions Court on 14 March 2017 at 9:00 AM.


“The quick response from the citizens on social media provided the break in the case that the detectives needed.  I want to thank each one that provide tips and information in the cases.  The detectives are continuing the investigation into these and other similar thefts in Tipton and Shelby Counties.  Detectives anticipate filing additional charges in the cases,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.


If anyone has information in this cases, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to Sheriff@tiptonco.com or Facebook Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.


Original press release information:


At about 8:45 AM on 29 January 2017, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Kroger, located at 1163 Highway 51 S in Atoka, regarding a stolen vehicle.  The vehicle, described as a gold 1997 Chevrolet Silverado truck, had been reported stolen from the 100 block of Karen Street in Brighton after an acquaintance of the victim had spotted a stranger driving the truck. Deputies were assisted by Atoka Police Department in searching the area, but no suspect was located.


The driver was described as a white male wearing a white tee shirt and dark colored zip up jacket.  The driver parked the stolen truck, went into the store at the gas pumps, and, when he was confronted, fled on foot toward Kimbrough Drive.


Detectives responded to the scene and, during the processing of the vehicle recovered a stolen shotgun in the stolen vehicle.  The shotgun had been reported stolen from the 10000 block of Holly Grove Road in Brighton sometime overnight on 28 January 2017.


“Detectives are needing assistance in identifying the suspect in the surveillance video and photographs. We feel as if someone may recognize the suspect or possibly saw where he fled from Kroger,” said Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley.


This article originally appeared as a press release from Tipton County Sheriff's Office.