Sulphur Springs teen jailed for Como convenience store burglary

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 8, 2007 - A Sulphur Springs teen was jailed early this morning for breaking into a Como convenience store, following a brief hunt by Como police and sheriff’s officers.

County emergency dispatchers were alerted at 12:44 a.m. that the burglar alarm at Joe Bob’s 5 on State Highway 11 east and Main Street in Como was sounding. Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies and investigators were dispatched to the location. Como police also responded.

Upon arrival at the Main Street store, the officers found the front glass had been shattered, an indicator the store had indeed been broken into. During a brief investigation, the officials discovered the culprit had been caught on video on the store’s surveillance camera. Hopkins County Sheriff’s Cpl. Eddie Moon was also contacted to bring his canine partner Jack to the location to try to track the culprit. 

Canine Jack indeed was able to pick up a scent, which he followed to a residence in the 500 block of Gaskins Street. They found  Matthew Allen “Tek-9” Terrell, 19, of Sulphur Springs at the location. He was detained as he fit the description of the man found on the store video.

After reviewing the video, officials were able to identify Terrell as the burglar based on scars on the back of his head, despite the fact that the teen had apparently tried to disguise himself after leaving the store. He had on different clothes and his head was shaved, HCSO Deputy Chris Rich and Cumby Police Chief Lee Skimore noted in arrest reports.

Terrell later admitted on video to HCSO investigators Andy Chester, Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin that he had indeed burglarized the building, and was noted to be cooperative with all officials during the course of the investigation into the break in, the officers further noted in the report.

The Sulphur Springs teen was arrested and jailed for burglary of a building, a felony offense.

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