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Two Charged in Burglary of Off Duty Officer's Vehicle

By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. – Two men were arrested by Jackson police in connection with the burglary of an off-duty police officer’s vehicle.

Skyler Bell, 20, and Richard Andrew Dorsett, 22, of Mineral Wells, Texas, are charged with burglary, theft of property over $500 and vandalism over $1,000.

According to police, Tuesday evening, an off-duty Jackson Police Officer returned to his personal vehicle after attending a movie at Hollywood Cinema on Vann Drive and discovered that someone had broken the glass on his truck and stole a personally owned handgun, holster and ammunition. Additionally, the thieves reportedly caused extensive damage to the vehicle during the burglary.

A news release said that Sgt. Al Newbern of the Madison County Sherriff’s department alerted Jackson Police after he reportedly obtained information that Bell and Dorsett were responsible for the auto burglary. Sgt. Newbern and Sgt. Mack Brown learned the suspects had pawned the stolen weapon at a local pawn shop.

Investigators from the Jackson Police Department said they recovered the weapon and were able to charge the suspects because of the assistance of Sgt. Newbern, Sgt. Brown and the Sheriff’s department.

Both suspects remain in the Madison County Jail and are awaiting extradition to Texas to face charges in that state but will not be returned until their charges are disposed of in Tennessee.

Both suspects were originally arrested by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department on the outstanding Texas charges.

Bell and Dorsett will be arraigned in Jackson City Court at 8 am on Monday January 14th via video link.

While the investigation is ongoing, we encourage anyone with information about this case or other crimes to contact the General Investigations Unit at the Jackson Police Department at 425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 424-TIPS (8477) or online at www.424tips.org.
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