Burglars allegedly took surveillance camera but left incriminating footage

Jeff Bobo • Jan 17, 2018 at 5:15 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man allegedly stole a residential surveillance video camera prior to an alleged burglary and theft early Friday morning, but he didn’t steal the incriminating video footage.

On Sunday, Billy Murrell told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office he had video footage of neighbor Ricky Lynn Sharpe burgling his residence on Brown Drive just west of Rogersville.

The video allegedly shows Sharpe, 58, 2015 Brown Drive Lot 30, come from the back door area of Murrell’s residence Friday around 12:13 a.m., unhook a camera, enter the residence and then take a box containing a surveillance camera.

Video allegedly shows Sharpe return later at 12:50 a.m. with Jenny Lynn Shaver, 44, same address, unlock the door, and carry a 55-inch TV from the residence with Shaver’s help.

Three minutes later Sharpe allegedly returned a third time, locked the front door and exited via the back door.

On Sunday afternoon, HCSO Deputy John Tunnell confronted Sharpe and Shaver with the allegations and the video footage. Both allegedly admitted to stealing the items and pointed out where the stolen property was located.

Sharpe was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and theft under $500, while Shaver was charged with one count of aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

Both are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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