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Three Arrested in Henry County Burglaries

By midowu@wbbjtv.com
By Modupe Idowu

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn., - The Henry County Sheriff's Department arrested three people Wednesday who they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Authorities arrested and charged 21-year-old Justin Johnson and 19-year-olds Phillip Hutcherson and Gary Thompson with aggravated burglary and multiple theft counts.

Authorities believe the trio stole radar detectors, navigation systems, guns, jewelry and more from multiple cars and one home in Puryear.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the crime spree has been going on for at least a month and a half. The men are accused of rattling doors of cars and homes to see which were unlocked.

"If it was unlocked, they would enter the vehicle and steal anything they could," said Sheriff Belew.

"I came out here and checked, and luckily I keep my truck and everything out here locked up. I had nothing missing," said concerned resident Scott Patton.

Patton's next door neighbor was not so lucky.

"She came over that morning to me and told me that her car had been broken in to. I think they got her GPS and some other stuff came up missing," said Patton.

Investigators believe the alleged thieves may be linked to other break-ins in Paris and in parts of Kentucky.

"Every night I always make sure my boat is locked up. I never leave it unlocked because it's that one time when you don't lock your stuff up-it happens. " said Patton.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. They urge citizens to make sure their homes are well lit and to always lock doors.