By Michael R. Moser
A Crossville area man was taken into custody after being identified as a suspect in a residential burglary that took place while the homeowner was present, according to a police report.
Jason Caruthers, 34, 58 Fox Den Lane, was arrested June 8 on a charge of aggravated burglary, and was also served an attachment for failure to appear in court, according to Ptl. Dustin Lester's report.
On that day around 7:45 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of Waterview Dr. on a report of a burglary in progress with the suspect still on the property. He was described as being bald and wearing camouflaged clothing, according to the report.
Police met with the 85-year-old victim who told them she was in bed when she heard noises coming from inside her home. The woman exited her bedroom and walked to the kitchen where she found a rear door open. She then walked out onto a screened porch and noticed that the screen had been cut around the door and the door latch lifted.
She then spotted a man kneeling by a shed on the west side of her home. She quickly closed the door and called 911 for help. The suspect had fled before police arrived, but extra patrols were set up in the area and around 9:45 a.m. Ptl. Donny Hammons was flagged down by a motorist and told that a man fitting the description of the one they were seeking had been spotted walking by storage units behind a car wash between Waterview Dr. and Hwy. 70 W.
The suspect was taken into custody near Our Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church without incident. Police recovered a Gerber machete and sheath, finding jewelry in the sheath that was identified as having been taken from the Waterview Dr. Value of the jewelry recovered was placed at more than $1,000.
Det. Elizabeth Henshaw also responded to the scene.