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Elizabethton man charged with trying to burglarize gun store on West Elk Avenue

March 6th, 2014 9:53 am by Staff Report

Elizabethton man charged with trying to burglarize gun store on West Elk Avenue

Thad J. Buckles

An Elizabethton man faces charges of attempted burglary, vandalism and possession of burglary tools after he allegedly was spotted trying to break into a gun shop on West Elk Avenue early Thursday morning.

According to reports, Elizabethton police were called to Tri-Cities Gun Depot, 1760 W. Elk Ave., around 2:20 a.m. Thursday after someone witnessed a man trying to break into the business.

The witness told police a man wearing dark clothing and carrying a red bag had fled to a nearby mobile home park after being spotted trying to burglarize the gun shop.

Officer Matt Taylor found a man matching the witness description nearby and took him in for questioning. Thad J. Buckles, 30, 132 Jackson Ave., Elizabethton, denied being at the Gun Depot, however the witness positively identified him as the man who was trying to burglarize the business. Police say security camera video from the business also confirmed it was Buckles. According to authorities, the video shows Buckles at the door of the business.

The door knob on the door had been broken off in the burglary attempt, police noted.

Officers discovered a pocket knife in Buckles' pants as well as two gloves and a rag in his jacket. Based on statements made by the suspect, authorities said they were also able to locate a red bag in nearby trash can. The bag reportedly contained a hammer and face mask.

Buckles was arrested on the trio of charges and transported to the Carter County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 22.

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