TOP PHOTO: A trailer of stolen clothes and tools confiscated from a storage shed at the Muse home in south La Follette is only a sampling of what police recovered.
JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- It has been three years since the Muse family was arrested for stealing more than a quarter-million dollars worth of items, Monica Muse is the only defendant left in the case.
Last year, her husband, and alleged co-conspirator, John Muse, Sr., died. As a result, the charges against him were abated, meaning the case will not continue.
In Feb. 2021, the couple’s son, and partner in crime, John Muse, Jr., pleaded guilty to six counts of theft over $2,500, three counts of theft over $1,000, two counts of theft $10,000, three counts of theft under $1,000 and one count of theft over $60,000. He wasn’t sentenced at the time. That was delayed pending his testifying against his parents, which hasn’t occurred.
In court Monday, it was announced that Monica Muse’s case would again be reviewed Dec. 19.
She still faces six counts of theft over $2,500, three counts of theft over $10,000, two counts theft over $10,000, four counts of theft under $1,000, three counts unlawful possession of a weapon, theft over $60,000.
Authorities discovered the family’s cache of stolen items in Nov. 2019.
From clothes to furniture to major appliances to food, the Muse home had an abundant quantity of just about everything both new and used, authorities said.
During the investigation, police learned that some of the items recovered at the Muse home dated back to thefts that were reported more than four years ago.