BULLS GAP — Five Hawkins County males have been charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into an abandoned farmhouse Monday near Bulls Gap and breaking out a window.
Police chalked the incident up to mischievous youth, although the burglary charge is still a Class D felony punishable by two to four years.
Two of the accused are juveniles.
The other three are Davis Lynn Cousin, 19, 565 Mohawk Ridge Road, Bulls Gap; Albert Lee Tuggle, 24, 320 Midway Road, Mosheim; and Daniel James Tuggle, 19, 329 Midway Road, Mosheim.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday Hawkins County Sheriff's Deputies Wesley Seals and Cpl. David Benton responded to a burglary and vandalism in progress at the abandoned farmhouse at 269 Beech Grove Road.
The property caretaker, Jay Allen, stated he was checking on the property when he observed a white F-150 Ford pickup in the driveway, and several young males inside the house near the front door.
Allen stated that he walked closer to the farmhouse and observed one of the boys break out a window. When the boys noticed Allen they reportedly took off running, leaving the pickup behind.
When deputies searched they area they found all five males walking along Beech Grove Road.
Upon being questioned, the males allegedly admitted to being in the house where the Ford pickup was parked and breaking the window.
HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen said nothing was stolen from the farmhouse and the only damage was the window.
Allen said he believes the only motive for the burglary was "mischief."
The three adults were released from jail Wednesday. Court records didn't indicate when they will appear in court.