Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 18, 2013

Pants-less burglar nabbed in the act

Vandalism to social agency in thousands

By Michael R. Moser
Editor

— An off-duty Crossville firefighter noticed a front door and windows broke on a building owned by a social action agency and responding police found a suspect inside, not wearing his pants, socks, shoes or hat.

Jimmy Luther (J.J.) Bowman, 37, 48 Little Rental Lane, is charged with burglary, vandalism and criminal trespassing in connection with the break-in at Cumberland Good Samaritans located off Tenth St. in Crossville. The burglary was discovered round 7:30 a.m. last Tuesday.

When Ptls. Dustin Lester and Tim Vandever arrived on the scene, they found the front door glass broken. Both officers entered the building to make sure the perpetrator(s) had left when they heard a crashing sound coming from an adjacent room.

The officers followed the direction of the sound and observed a man they later identified as Bowman, rummaging through items on a table in a store room, Vandever wrote. Bowman was not wearing any pants, socks or shoes. They ordered him to the floor and took him into custody.

"I could immediately tell upon talking to J.J. that he was intoxicated by narcotics," Vandever wrote in his report. The report adds that Bowman told the officers he did not know where he was as they questioned him. It was then he discovered he did not have any pants on, and he asked the officers where his pants were.

His pants and hat were later found in a parking lot.

They escorted him outside and when he spotted the damage to the front door, Bowman is quoted by the officer as stating, "I don't do stuff like this."

As investigators processed the scene, Vandever observed that it appeared that the damage to the building and contents had been done by someone "in a fit of rage and was just vandalizing everything in sight."  The officer added, "You could track where he had been in the store by following the path of destruction."

Items had been thrown across the parking lot and into an adjacent wooded area, inside the building in the sales area, glass display counters were destroyed and merchandise thrown on the floor, and in a shopping cart was found several duffel bags stuffed with small hand tools and some knives. Also placed in the cart were coffee filters, matches and batteries.

Damage to Good Samaritans was estimated at $12,150.