Teens arrested in church burglaries had beer

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Northeastern Tennessee authorities who arrested two teens in a number of church break-ins say the suspects had alcohol in their truck when arrested.

Jared Tyler Hicks of Rogersville and Keith Crownover of Surgoinsville were arrested after a Hawkins County Sheriff's deputy saw them cruising slowly past a church. They were taken into custody early Thursday near Surgoinsville.

The 18-year-olds are charged with 26 church burglaries in less than a week. They also are accused in a home burglary.

The Kingsport Times-News quoted a report by sheriff's Sgt. Tony Allen which stated both teens claimed beer found in their truck didn't belong to them. The report said Hicks told the officer they found the beer along the road and were going to pour it out.

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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