Two teenagers were cited into Henry County Juvenile Court after they allegedly broke into a Paris grocery store and stole more than $14,000.
According to the report issued by Investigator Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department, the theft was discovered shortly before 10 a.m. Monday at Cash Savers, 1301 W. Wood St.
In the initial report on the theft, PPD Patrolman Amber Roaten said an employee of the business had begun getting a deposit ready for the bank and noticed the deposits from Saturday and Sunday were missing.
Video footage showed two suspects entering the office about 11 p.m. Sunday wearing hooded sweatshirts and facemasks.
The pair emptied cash from the store’s safe into a light-colored duffel bag before running out through a rear door.
After viewing the video, a manager at the store was able to help identify the suspects.
When questioned in the presence of a guardian, both teenagers admitted to the theft, saying they had split the money.
The cash was recovered and both teens were cited for burglary and theft of property.
METRO CRIME UNIT MAKES ARRESTS
A Stewart County man was arrested Tuesday at a Paris hotel room on illegal weapons and heroin possession charges by Metro Crime Unit officers.
Michael A. Burra, 30, of Big Rock was arrested at the hotel on East Wood Street by Paris Police investigator Jeramye Whitaker of the Metro Crime Unit.
Burra was charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony, carrying or possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During the same incident, Brandon E. Fisher, 31, of 1635 Copper Spring Road off Highway 641 southeast of Paris was charged with robbery, domestic assault and violation of his Henry County Circuit Court probation.
According to Whitaker, both arrests were made by officers who had obtained a search warrant after surveillance of the room.
“When he (Burra) pulled up, we approached him at that time,” Whitaker said. During a patdown search for officer safety, officers found a loaded .380-caliber pistol in his pants pocket, along with a felony amount of heroin.
A search of Burra’s room revealed a 12-gauge shotgun, several hypodermic needles and syringes and digital scales. Officers also seized $2,072 in cash believed to be drug proceeds.
Fisher, who was one of the two other people in the vehicle with Burra, was arrested based on existing warrants.
Burra’s bond was set at $125,000 on the drug possession charge and $100,000 on the remaining charges, for a total of $225,000. Fisher, meanwhile, was held without bond on the probation violation until his appearance next Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court.
Both men were scheduled to appear today in Henry County General Sessions Court.
In an earlier arrest by Metro officers, a Henry man was arrested on drug charges Tuesday afternoon by an officer of the Metro Crime Unit.
Raymond M. Western, 46, 628 Mark I Drive, was arrested at his home by Whitaker. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Western’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear today in General Sessions Court.
Officers with the PPD, Henry County Sheriff’s Department and 24th Judicial District’s Drug Task Force assisted in the arrests.