Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 29, 2012

Teen burglary suspect held at gunpoint

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Questions from a teenage boy raised suspicions of a homeowner who asked his son to keep an eye on his home while away at church. The son nabbed a burglar in the act, which turned out to be the same teenager.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a Hwy. 70 N residence near the Putnam County line on Oct. 14. Deputies were alerted to a suspect being held at gunpoint.

When Deputy Ron Moore arrived on the scene, he found a 17-year-old nearby resident being held by the son of a property owner at the scene. Also on the scene was a Putnam County sheriff's deputy who also responded to the call.

Moore was told that the homeowner became concerned when the teenager asked him several times about when he went to church and when he returned home. The resident asked his son to watch his home while he was at church.

On Oct. 14, the son spotted a youth walking down the road, and then turning into the driveway of his father's home. When the teen raised a garage door and entered, the son pulled a handgun on the suspect and called police.

The teen was cited into Juvenile Court on charges of aggravated burglary and possession of burglary tools.