By Michael R. Moser
Cumberland County sheriff's deputies responding to a burglary alarm at a Crab Orchard business believe they surprised some local teenagers in the act, according to a sheriff's department report.
The incident took place Nov. 3 at the Crab Orchard BP on Hwy. 70 E around midnight, according to Deputy Dustin Hensley's report.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he spotted two persons exiting the rear of the store through a window. The two fled into the darkness and were able to escape, leaving stacked beside the business a 12-pack of beer.
Sheriff's Investigator Jerry Jackson was called to assist in the investigation, as did two tracking dogs from the Crossville Police Department.
A store employee, on reviewing a security tape, later called investigators and identified one of the suspects as a Crab Orchard juvenile who, along with two others, had been in the store the night before the burglary.
Reported missing at the time of the report were quarters, cans of smokeless tobacco and an unknown number of packs of cigarettes.
Investigation is continuing.