By MARY RAINWATER
PALESTINE — An Anderson County couple remained in jail on Tuesday following their Monday arrest for burglary of a habitation after being caught in the act by a homeowner.
According to Sheriff Greg Taylor, ACSO Cpl. Ronnie Howell and Deputy Jeff Taylor responded to a call for a burglary of a habitation in progress in the 4000 block of County Road 1817, located near Elkhart, at about 3 p.m.
“The homeowner had returned to their home to find a blue Ford Mustang at the residence and saw a white male and female loading their car with stolen property,” Taylor said. “The two, surprised by the homeowner, jumped in the vehicle and fled the scene.”
After hearing a description of the vehicle, the sheriff explained, one of the officers recognized the vehicle and knew its likely location — just down the road in the 3000 block of ACR 1817.
'They found the two suspects — Kerrie Lyn Teems, 33, and Roger Russell Teems, 40 — at that location and arrested them within an hour of the initial call,” Taylor said.
In a search at the arrest site, deputies found the stolen items, which included a 22 rifle with scope, various tools, a food vacuum seal system, acetylene torch, overalls, welding hat and more – with an estimated value of about $1,000.
The couple were charged with burglary of a habitation — a second degree felony, and theft of a firearm — a state jail felony, and remain in jail on a bond of $100,000 each.
“Unless they come up with the bond, they likely will spend Christmas in jail,” Taylor said. “The deputies did an outstanding job on this case. They responded in a timely manner, knew the thieves and were able to recover the stolen property before it was sold off.”