KCSO arrests men who stole 56 firearms from Knoxville business

Matthew Zachary Lane

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of four men in connection to a burglary at Knoxville Tactical on Nov. 29.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a burglary alarm at the store in Powell at around 7 a.m.

An investigation by KCSO and the ATF determined that the suspect, Matthew Zachary Lane, of Farragut, committed the burglary. Lane made off with 56 firearms, KCSO reported.

Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the investigation: Steven Joe Bell, Terry Dewayne Griffin and Markise Tyrone Witt. The three are accused of acting in conjunction to facilitate the burglary and sale of the stolen firearms.

Officials executed a search warrant at a home on Lilac Avenue where they confiscated several stolen firearms and three kilos of what appears to be methamphetamine.

Lane is still in jail as of Thursday. He had court dates scheduled for Thursday, as well as Dec. 18 and Feb. 14.

Bell is still in jail as of Thursday. He had court appearances scheduled for Dec. 13 as well as Dec. 18.

Griffin was in jail as of Thursday. He has court appearances scheduled for Dec. 17.

Witt was in jail as of Thursday. He has court dates scheduled for Dec. 19.

A search warrant was executed at 3737 Lilac Ave., detectives confiscated several stolen firearms and 3 Kilos of what appears to be Methamphetamine.

The investigation is ongoing.


Steven Joe Bell
Terry Dewayne Griffin
Markise Tyrone Witt