Two teenagers didn't get to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families after they were taken into custody by a Dyer County Sheriff's deputy, before they reportedly got a chance to commit a burglary.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff's Deputy Chad Jackson spotted a suspicious car near Lock's Grocery off of Millsfield Highway. He approached the car and inside were two 17-year-old white males. After questioning the juveniles he searched the vehicle and inside the passenger compartment he found a ski mask, bandana, gloves, a screwdriver and a tire tool. Also, the juveniles reportedly had plastic bags inside their pockets and were in possession of a marijuana blunt cigarette.
Upon further questioning by Jackson, the juveniles gave conflicting statement about what they were doing at the location. The two teens were taken into custody and charged with possession of burglary tools and simple possession. They were cuffed and transported to the McDowell Center for Children where they are waiting to appear before a judge on Monday.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box stated a check of Lock's Grocery showed that it had not been broken into, but the boys did confess to their intention to burglarize it. Deputies also searched one of the boy's homes on Tickle Street in Dyersburg and recovered a stolen .410 shotgun, which had been reported stolen during a home burglary on Hawkins Road. The juveniles confessed to that burglary as well.
"This is an example of proactive enforcement that we are trying to deliver to our community," said Box. "We recommend our residents be alert and aware during this holiday season."