UPDATE 7/12/2019 10 a.m. Two 17-year-old males were apprehended while burglarizing vehicles in the area of Cardinal Lane and Whippoorwill Court, Dunlap, at approximately 1:15 a.m. today.
A resident in the area notified police of a male subject entering a vehicle and a second subject waiting nearby in another vehicle.
Officers with the Dunlap Police Department (DPD) and the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department (SCSD) quickly arrived on scene and located the individuals. One subject was immediately apprehended, and the second subject fled on foot.
Officers continued to search the area and apprehended the second subject at 4:20 a.m., a spokesman for the DPD said. The vehicle the juveniles were in was a beige-colored 1998 Toyota Camry.
The juveniles were transported to the Dunlap Police Department to be interviewed and then taken to the Putnam County Juvenile Detention Center in Cookeville.
The juveniles are from Hamilton County, with one residing in Red Bank and the other in Hixson.
Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine their connection to the other recent car burglaries in Dunlap and Signal Mountain.
Reports came in of five other vehicles that were burglarized in the area of Valley View Subdivision overnight, with nothing being reported stolen from them.
Officers determined the juveniles entered at least three vehicles in the area of Cardinal Lane and Whippoorwill Court.
Police are asking that residents in these areas inspect their vehicles closely and notify police if they believe their vehicle was entered, regardless of whether anything was stolen or not.
July 11, 2019 – Officers in two counties are investigating a rash of car burglaries, and are warning area residents to lock up their cars, even when parked in their own driveway.
The Dunlap Police Department and the Sequatchie County Sheriff's Department are cooperating with authorities in Hamilton County and the town of Signal Mountain to investigate several break-ins that occurred in eastern Sequatchie County and the Signal Mountain area.
“There has been a rash of car burglaries on the Hamilton County side,” Dunlap Police Chief Clint Huth said today. “I'm not saying we're absolutely certain they're connected, but it would be an awfully big coincidence.”
In Sequatchie County, automobile burglaries have been reported along East Valley Road and on Signal Mountain, overnight from Monday, July 8, to Tuesday, July 9.
The thieves have reportedly taken some change, sunglasses, and ammunition.
Detectives are enhancing security camera footage from several sites where break-ins occurred, to identify the thieves or their vehicle.
A film clip from a residence in the Signal Mountain area has been posted to the Signal Mountain Police Department Facebook page (linked here).
Police are warning area residents to not leave valuables in their vehicles and to lock up their cars when not in use.