Suspect in St. Clair Market burglaries identified by juvenile accomplices

Samuel Perry Hill

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins county teen accused of participating with four juveniles in burglarizing St. Clair Market three nights in a row last month was allegedly identified by two of his accomplices.

Samuel Perry Hill, 18, 944 Pleasant Hill Road, Bulls Gap, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on charges including parties to an offense theft over $1,000, parties to an offense burglary, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

St. Clair Market owner Harshadkumar Patel told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office his store was burglarized three nights in a row Aug. 23-25, with more than $6,124 worth of merchandise stolen.

Among the items taken were 38 cases of cigarettes, 20 cases of Zippo lighters, seven cases of chewing tobacco, dozens of cases of vaping paraphernalia and vaping “4Pods”, a case of cell phone chargers, a case of “BIG” lighters, and a case of corn chips.

According to a report filed by HCSO Deputy Kyle Shively, one juvenile who is accused of the burglaries that took place on Aug. 23 and Aug. 25 was initially identified during the investigation.

That boy allegedly admitted he and an accomplice accessed the store by crawling through a damaged part of the building.

That first boy also identified Hill as being “present in his vehicle” all three nights of the burglaries, as well as three other juvenile males who entered the store, including the alleged burglar who entered the building on Aug 24. when the first boy wasn’t present.

Shively said the second boy from Aug. 24 was identified by store video surveillance and cooperated with the investigation, identifying Hill and another male juvenile as being outside the store on Aug. 24 waiting for him to come out with the stolen items.

The second boy reportedly told Shively that Hill and the other male juvenile threatened to harm him if he didn’t go into the store.

Hill, who was arrest Sept. 12, was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Dec. 5.