HCSO officers clear up two cases Monday
By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor
Apr. 10, 2007 - Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office cleared up two cases Monday, a criminal mischief case that occurred Sunday when a barn was damaged and a Friday shop burglary in which gasoline and a large number of steaks were stolen.
The criminal mischief case was reported to sheriff’s Cpl. Daniel Winn at 2:50 p.m. Monday.
Winn and Investigator Lewis Tatum went to the County Road 4759 complainant’s residence, where the barn had been vandalized. A boat and tractor were also damaged in the vandalism.
Officers located some footprints, which they were able to track to a residence where a male juvenile was found. His parents brought him in for questioning later in the night, and he confessed to the Sunday afternoon crime. He was taken into custody on the charge and sent to the juvenile detention center in Greenville.
Sheriff’s investigators are slated to talk to two other teens suspected to have been involved.
Winn also helped investigators crack a County Road 2285 building burglary which wasn't reported until about 8:45 p.m. Monday. The owner said his storage building was broken into Friday, and 50-60 pounds of steaks were stolen out of his freezer. Gasoline was taken from the shed, as well.
Tips led sheriff's officers to a 28-year-old man who had been arrested Sunday on unrelated charges. Investigators interviewed Darrell Lynn Wallace Jr., who was still in jail on the charges. He confessed Monday to the burglary of the shop, resulting in a subsequent charge, according to Tatum.