According to reports at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was on the scene talking to a witness when the suspects drove back by the location, prompting their arrest.
The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. A neighbor of the marina reports seeing a maroon SUV drive to the back of the business, and took notice due to prior burglaries.
She then reported hearing loud thumping noises, and seeing one suspect reach through a broken window to open the door. That triggered an alarm, and the two men fled in their vehicle.
As a deputy was on scene collecting statements from the witness, the suspect vehicle drove back by the location. The deputy followed their SUV and initiated a stop, with the witness positively identifying the two men inside as those attempting to break into the marina.
Calvin Dale Smith, 20 of 408 Highland Ave., Johnson City, was driving the vehicle. He has been charged with burglary, vandalism and driving without a license.
The passenger, Christopher Michael Proffitt, 28, of 1500 Bell Ridge Road, apartment No. 34, has been charged with vandalism and burglary.
Smith allegedly admitted to police that he and Proffitt wee responsible for the attempted burglary.
According to court affidavits, a window was broken from the marina's door, causing an estimated $300 in damages.