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HCSO: Cherokee concession stand burglary suspects caught red-handed

Jeff Bobo • Sep 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men who were allegedly caught red-handed inside the Cherokee High School football concession stand early Sunday morning attempting to steal a large quantity of candy and frozen food are facing multiple felony charges.

Shorty before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Sam Wilhoit was patrolling the school when he reportedly observed that the concession stand’s roll-up windows were partially open.

Wilhoit stated in his report that he observed at least two people moving around inside the building, at which time he contacted Cpl. Mike Lipe to respond and assist with the search.

Upon searching the building, the officers reportedly found Dillon Gatewood, 20, and Tyler Ray Wilder, 18, both of 197 S. Fork Branch Road, Rogersville, hiding in the back room.

The officers also found two trash bags containing a large amount of candy and frozen food near the window where entry was made.

Gatewood and Wilder were reportedly in possession of a crowbar as well as masks and sunglasses to hide their faces from video surveillance.

Both were charged with burglary, vandalism over $1,000 and theft over $1,000, all of which are felonies, as well as criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.

One of the roll-up windows was damaged beyond repair, which led to the vandalism charge.

Gatewood and Wilder were ordered held without bond pending arraignment Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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