Sunday, November 28, 2010
Court Date Set For Alleged Burglars
A December 13th court date has been set for three local residents accused of breaking into a home on Essex Road. Police say the owner of the home was a witness to the incident and had the three on the ground at gunpoint when police arrived on the scene. According to police reports, the owner of the home currently lives nearby and says it had been broken into on two previous occasions when he noticed a vehicle driving slowly by the residence last week. He claims that the vehicle parked about a hundred yards from the house and he saw three people get out and run up to the residence. The victim says he hid behind a tree and watched as one of them broke into the house. That's when he stepped out and ordered them to the ground. The suspects were identified as 19-year-old Dustin Michael Hembree of Cookeville, 33-year-old Tony Richard Winnett of Sparta, and 41-year-old Virginia Dayle Triplett of Cookeville. Police say they gave conflicting statements, but claim to have had permission to be in the house.