Alleged furniture thief indicted

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]


A Middlesboro couple accused of stealing furniture from Dream Furniture has been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.

In July, Joshua A. Collins, 29, was arrested in Laurel County on a bench warrant out of Bell County. The warrant stemmed from an investigation by the Middlesboro Police Department concerning stolen furniture from a local family owned and operated furniture store.

Collins was accused of stealing furniture (mostly mattresses) from his employer — Dream Furniture.

Collins had worked at Dream Furniture for two years and had been promoted to warehouse manager earlier this year. Shortly after the promotion, Dream Furniture vice president Heather Burkhart said she noticed an item missing from the store, but would have never suspected Collins had anything to do with it.

Burkhart went straight to the source and viewed the surveillance footage.

She said the video footage showed Collins pulling a Dream Furniture truck up to the store’s loading dock, loading merchandise onto it and then driving off. Burkhart has spent days going over footage, finding the same scenes replaying — Collins pulling up in one of her company trucks, loading merchandise and then driving away.

According to Burkhart, theft is the only reasonable explanation for the video footage because Collins doesn’t do deliveries. And even if he did do deliveries, deliveries are not done until after 10 a.m. and all of the video footage is from about 9:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Ashley N. Collins, 26, was arrested in August at the Bell County Courthouse while her husband was in court for his charges. Police served a complaint warrant which said she helped her husband in the thefts on several different occasions.

According to the arrest citation, Ashley assisted her husband in the theft of $28,584 worth of furniture from his workplace, Dream Furniture. The citation said Ashley allegedly directed Joshua on several occasions of what particular items to steal and also set up the sale and delivery of the items to other people by Josh.

Joshua and Ashley are both out of jail on $50,000 cash bonds.

Others indicted include:

*Sirena S. Hall, 33, of Middlesboro, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument;

*Tonya Cinnamon, 38, of Williamsburg, theft of identity of another without consent and second-degree forgery;

*Amanda Turner, 36, of Pineville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of drug paraphernalia, two counts of first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence and two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.

All of these cases are set for Sept. 18.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews


By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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