Burglary suspects captured in McMinn County

ATHENS, Tennessee(WDEF) –  Two people are behind bars in McMinn County on multiple criminal charges connected to a string of burglaries.

In a small corner of a yard inside the McMinn County Jail, authorities laid out items that had been reported stolen. The items were recovered when a McMinn County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a truck and trailer that had been spotted at the scene of various burglaries.

Inside the truck was Mark Dockery and Anthony Jirles. Both men reportedly confessed to some of the reported burglaries and thefts that were reported in McMinn and Monroe Counties.

"They’ve been all over McMinn and Monroe Counties and maybe some other counties as well. Right now there’s a joint investigation going on between myself and Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones to try and pinpoint all these burglaries and additional charges are stacking up on these guys," said McMinn Sheriff Joe Guy.

He believes both men were stealing everything they could get there hands on to eventually sell and use the money to purchase drugs.

"They were looking for tools, four wheelers, mowers; things like that," Guy said.

Investigators believe the men may have stolen $60,000 worth of property.

Detectives got a break in the case when the suspects truck was spotted behind a residence on County Road 550 by a mail carrier who reported suspicious activity.

"When they see something suspicious, we do ask them to call 911 and let them know that they’ve seen something and we can go check it out," Guy said.

Not long after the suspect’s vehicle was spotted behind a residence on County Road 568, it was spotted along County Road 550 around the same time another home was reportedly broken into. In fact, detectives are linking the men to burglaries along County Roads 210, 252, and 561.

Both suspects will remain in jail as more charges continue to be added on.

Categories: Crime, Local News, McMinn County

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