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Second teen charged in shop burglary and vandalism case

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A second teen has been arrested in connection with the Sunday night burglary and vandalism of a County Road 3504 shop belonging to an air conditioning servic man.

Charges are pending with juvenile probation authorities against a third teen implicated in the break-in, sheriff’s investigators said Wednesday morning.

Justin Lynn Petrea, 19, of Sulphur Springs was arrested late Tuesday morning for burglary of a building and criminal mischief in connection with the case.

Christopher Scott McCullough, 17, of Sulphur Springs was the first person arrested in the case. He was charged Monday for burglary of a building and criminal mischief after admitting to investigators involvement in the burglary.

Bond was set at $10,000 per charge for both teens.

Sheriff’s officers were contacted Monday afternoon by a self-employed air conditioning worker, who said air compressors and equipment were stolen from his shop after 10 p.m. Sunday. The shop sustained several thousands of dollars in damage from vandalism as well, Hopkins County Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Toney Hurley said Tuesday morning.

The investigation took officers to a scrap yard on FM 1870, where receipt led investigators to Petrea’s residence on County Road 3506, and McCullough. Several items of stolen property were also recovered.

McCullough was arrested after admitting to the building burglary, Hurley said.

Petrea and another teen, 15, were questioned at the sheriff’s office  late Tuesday morning, according to Investigator Lewis Tatum.

Petrea was taken into custody for the building burglary and criminal mischief after admitting to investigators during an interview that he took his father’s truck to a shop on CR 3504, where his younger brother and a friend loaded stolen property into the back of the truck. He then drove them and the stolen property to his house on CR 3506, according to arrest reports.

The third teen is a juvenile. His case has been referred to juvenile probation authorities. He was released to his parents on Tuesday with charges pending, according to Tatum.

 

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