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Sheriff’s Department solves two local break-ins with arrest of juvenile
Karen House
April 26, 2017, 1:48 p.m.

An arrest April 25 solved a vandalism/break-in at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church March 23. File photo.

April 26, 2017 – The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department today announced the arrest Tuesday of a 17-year-old Dunlap boy in connection with two local break-ins in March.

On March 30, 2017, a break-in occurred at 82 Antler Ridge Road, on Lewis Chapel,” Detective Jody Lockhart said Wednesday. “The victim, Phillip Reed, was out of town. On his return, he noticed some items missing, including a shotgun.”

Other missing items included a muzzle-loading gun, a car jack, a chainsaw, and some tools, Det. Lockhart said.

During the investigation, the shotgun was found at a pawn shop in Dunlap,” he said. “A juvenile 17 years old was arrested for the break-in. He admitted stealing the items.”

In interviewing the juvenile, Lockhart said, the suspect told officers that he was involved in another break-in, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, March 23. He and some companions reportedly went to the church at 5606 E. Valley Rd, broke into the building, and tried to pry open several locked doors.

He admitted to being one of several people that were there,” Det. Lockhart said.

These two cases are still under investigation, he added, and detectives believe there may be as many as four more people involved.

The juvenile suspect was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count each of burglary and theft. He is being held at the Rhea County Juvenile Detention Center, with a detention hearing scheduled for Friday, April 28, and a court appearance in Sequatchie County Juvenile Court set for May 19.