NEWPORT—The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office has made three more arrests in connection to the theft of $8,000 designated for funeral expenses that occurred last week in Newport.

Detective Captain Eric Ramsey said Derrick S. Neely, 24, Ralph Maybee, 31 and Christian Scheffers, 18 were all arrested and each have been charged with accessory after the fact. All three are still incarcerated at the Cocke County Jail Annex.

Last Thursday, Cocke County Sheriff officials arrested Christie Nicole Williamson and Heather Worth after they stole $8,000 from an elderly man’s wallet on Tuesday after he dropped it at a gas station on West Highway 25/70.

Capt. Ramsey said the elderly male is from Colombia, SC and was traveling through the area to Kentucky for his sister’s funeral. The $8,000 he was carrying was to be used for funeral expenses.

Worth was taken into custody a short time after the theft was reported. She was found at a residence on Evans Valley Way. Worth admitted to deputies that Williamson was there at the residence but fled the scene with Maybee in his vehicle prior to their arrival.

Authorities learned that Williamson, along with Neely, Maybee and Scheffers, had been located at the River Side Lodge in Pigeon Forge by the Pigeon Forge Police Department the next morning, where they were all detained and arrested.

Capt. Ramsey said Neely, Scheffers and Maybee were charged because they helped spend the money and had knowledge that Williamson was being sought for the theft.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 5, only $700 of the stolen money had been recovered.

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