Surveillance photos released in Friendsville burglaries
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating a break-in and several attempted burglaries in downtown Friendsville last week.
Security surveillance photos have now been released showing the two suspects involved in the string of attempted burglaries in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, which included one successful break-in.
The suspects broke into a College Street shed located on property owned by the city and leased to Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), said Friendsville Utility Manager Benny Stewart.
The suspects attempted to enter city hall on Homecoming Circle and tried to break into several Friendsville Public Works utility trucks. Police said the suspects were attempting to gain entry into the tool compartments on the trucks.
The suspects also attempted to kick in the door to the former People’s Bank of Friendsville building, Stewart said. He said the two suspects are believed to be juveniles.
Former Friendsville Mayor David Staley, who lives behind city hall, said he noticed some irregularities with the shed at about 7:30 a.m. Staley later discovered the door had been torn from its hinges.
Staley then called law enforcement, and deputies arrived within 20 minutes to investigate the scene.
CCI President Brenda Crisp said the doors have been repaired. She couldn’t be sure exactly what the vandals took, since the shed contained Christmas decorations she hadn’t seen since last winter. The organization decorates a portion of College Street and Homecoming Circle each year. Though she isn’t totally sure, Crisp said she thinks the vandals took two large plastic containers of Christmas decorations. The decorations were valued at $300, the police report said.
They won’t know for sure what is missing until members take out the decorations in early November. CCI raises money throughout the year so they can purchase food for Christmas baskets and children’s gifts for needy children in the Friendsville area.
There was $100 worth of damage reported to the shed on College Street.
The suspects have been described as two young males. The Sheriff’s Office is still continuing its investigation and no arrests have yet been made. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office Crime Hotline at 865-273-5200 or leave a tip through the Text-A-Tip link on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.bcso.com