Surgoinsville Pharmacy burglar gets away empty handed

Jeff Bobo • Nov 25, 2019 at 7:11 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — A would-be Surgoinsville Pharmacy burglar who thought he had disabled the alarm system early Sunday morning had to jump back out the window he had just entered when the backup system engaged.

The attempted burglary was captured on video surveillance, and police said the target was likely narcotics, although he got away empty handed.

The only reported loss to the owner was $50 for a broken window latch.

Around 4:44 a.m. Sunday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Anthony Crosby and Deputy Kevin Johnson responded to a report of an open window at the Surgoinsville Pharmacy, 114 Bellamy Ave., Surgoinsville.

Upon their arrival, Johnson and Crosby met owner Beth Bryan, who showed them a window that appeared to have been forced open by breaking the latch, as well as the electric meter, which had been pulled.

No one was found inside the building, but when deputies reviewed the pharmacy's video surveillance a white male suspect was observed outside the window beginning around 4:11 a.m.

Police believe the suspect pulled the electric meter in an attempt to disable the burglar alarm. At 4:12 a.m. he threw a backpack into the building through the open window and entered the building.

The burglar only made it about 20 feet into the pharmacy, however, before the backup electric system engaged and activated the burglary alarm.

According to Johnson's report, the video shows that when the burglar alarm activated the burglar turned and immediately went back out through the window. The burglar then headed on foot in the direction of Old Stage Road.

The burglar is described as a heavy set white male wearing a gray hoodie and gloves with his face covered from the eyes down.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect is asked to call the Surgoinsville Police Department at (423) 345-2316.