McMinn County teens caught in crime ring to appear in court

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of teenagers, who Englewood police say operated a crime ring, are due in McMinn County Juvenile Court Monday.

After the Jiffy Market was burglarized twice, officers were keeping a close eye on it.

Officer Nick Purkey says he saw a back door open Saturday night.

He checked and saw juveniles running through tall grass behind the market. He caught two of them.

Purkey and Sheriff's Detective Gary Miller interviewed the youths and their parents and charged seven juveniles, all between 15 and 17.

Police say they tied the youths to break-ins and vandalism at markets, a church, McMinn Central High School and a number of mailboxes.

The suspects were released to their parents, pending their court appearances.

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