On Dec. 25 shortly before 11:30 p.m., HCSO Deputy Kyle Shively responded to a report of a break-in in progress at the Creekside Market, 110 Old Route 70 at the Route 66S intersection.
Upon his arrival, Shively observed that the two doors at the entrance appeared to be forced open, and there was a large gap left between the doors when he tried to close them.
A witness told Shively that a man wearing a black jacket and blue jeans was observed in the doorway apparently "picking the lock".
A short time later, Deputy Jessie Williams detained the suspect, Jonathan Michael Sanders, 34, 103 Circle Drive, Rogersville, after seeing him walking along the roadway less than a mile from the store.
Sanders reportedly admitted that he had been sitting on a bench near the store entrance. He stated that he was walking to Stanley Valley that night because the headlights on his car weren’t working.
The store owners stated that the doors weren't previously damaged, and they now had to apply great force to unlock them.
The damage to both doors was estimated at $2,000.
Sanders was arraigned on Dec. 27 and released from the Hawkins County Jail Dec. 28 on $5,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Jan. 29.