Deputies recover thousands of dollars in stolen goods after store burglary

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JACKSON, Tenn. — One man is behind bars and another on the run after thousands of dollars in stolen goods are recovered from a high-speed chase in Madison County. It all started when deputies say suspected burglars triggered an alarm at a Beech Bluff business. More than a hundred stolen items were recovered, including air compressors, silverware and a sawed-off shotgun, when deputies say two burglary suspects were caught red handed. “We had seen the car in areas of several burglaries,” Sgt. Alphonso Newbern said. It all started at the Mifflin General Store in Beech Bluff. Deputies say Roger Spencer and Quienton Woods smashed out a window at the store. They then allegedly snatched and grabbed a case full of lottery tickets and then found themselves in a chase with deputies that ended in a crash. “When the car had wrecked, the first thing we noticed were the lottery tickets in the back of the car,” Newbern said. That’s when deputies say Spencer and Woods ran from the scene. They say a K-9 tracked down Spencer but Woods got away. Once they looked inside the suspect’s car, they found more than stolen scratch-offs. “We are delighted, and we hope people recognize these items and we can give these keepsakes back to the families,” Madison County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Mapes said. All the stolen items are believed to be taken from West Tennessee homes. “It was a very quick response, and we are very happy we were able to recover the items in the car,” Mapes said. While deputies say they’re still investigating, they are happy to see some of these items returned to their rightful owners. “Our service is to the community, and when you are a victim, it feels good to give back to the community,” Newbern said. Deputies say both suspects are from Hardeman County. If you suspect any of the stolen items are yours, contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 731-423-6000.

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