By Michael R. Moser
Cumberland County sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a residential burglary in the Homestead area Dec. 26 arrested four persons in connection with the incident and recovered jewelry taken during the break-in.
Jeffery Lee Coleman, 44, 142 Vandever Rd., is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of less than $10,000, auto burglary, evading arrest and two counts of vandalism.
His wife, Farrah Lynn Coleman, 36, and acquaintance, Susan Elizabeth Houston, 43, 1873 Old Hwy. 28, are charged with two counts of criminal responsibility for their roles in the incident.
Also charged is Jason Scott Caruthers, 35, 4219 Crosby Dr., Knoxville, who faces two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of less than $10,000, evading arrest and two counts of vandalism. Caruthers was also served an attachment for failure to appear.
Deputies were dispatched to Deep Draw Rd. Dec. 26 around 2 p.m. on a report of a burglary in progress and while en route, received a second dispatch that the suspects had fled from the scene and were being followed by a neighbor.
The suspect's light-colored Pontiac Bonneville pulled into the Homestead Church of Christ parking lot, where the two men exited, running into an adjacent wooded area with items in their hands, according to Deputy Dustin Jackson's report.
Jackson and Deputy Shawn Scott followed the two suspects through the woods to Ottoma Dr. where one man ran and hid in a culvert while the second man continued running on foot. Investigator David Gibson and Jackson took one of the suspects, identified as Caruthers into custody after he exited the culvert.
Scott, joined by Deputy Zach Gilpin, followed the second suspect and observed him break into a vehicle before continuing his flight on foot.
The second suspect and the women were later located in a vehicle at the intersection of Deep Draw Rd. and the second entrance to Open Range Rd. and taken into custody without further incident by Deputy Jon Human.
The second aggravated burglary charge stems from a break-in at a Saw Mill Rd. residence on the same day. The two women were accused of assisting the men in the incident.
Investigators David Hamby and Jerry Jackson responded to the scene and joined Gibson in the recovery of items stolen in the burglaries.