By Michael R. Moser
Two Cumberland County men were arrested for breaking into a house over the weekend after alert neighbors reported to deputies suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
John Paul Brown, 27, 302 Ashford Dr., and James Franklin Wagoner, 44, 3018 Nocatee Trace, are charged with aggravated burglary and possession of burglary tools, according to Cumberland County Sheriff's Cpl. Tim Tutor. In addition, Brown is charged with criminal impersonation and had a hold placed on him at the request of Fentress County authorities, who are holding outstanding warrants for Brown's arrest on charges not listed on the report.
Saturday around 7:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a Breckenridge Dr. address after neighbors complained of hearing a loud vehicle in the neighborhood followed by the sound of glass breaking at an unoccupied residence. The witnesses provided a description of a red Chevrolet pickup truck with loud exhaust system and a silver passenger door.
When Tutor arrived on the scene, he found that a rear door knob had been broken off and was missing, and found evidence of pry marks on the door frame that he said was consistent with the use of a crow bar-type tool.
A local broadcast was issued to local police officers. Lake Tansi Public Safety Officer Steve Hritz spotted a vehicle matching the description and stopped the motorist, who turned out to be Brown. His passenger was Wagoner. Sheriff's Sgt. Roy Kemmer arrived to assist Hritz.
The resulting investigation led to the recovery of a brass door knob that appeared to have been struck with a hammer, a crow bar, straight claw hammer and several sets of gloves. The investigation led the officers to Wagoner's Nocatee Trace address where Tutor reported that other items identified as missing from the Breckenridge Dr. residence were recovered.
The two men were jailed for further investigation and later charged.