Two Cookeville Men Charged In Wolf Creek Area Burglaries

February 19, 2007
Dwayne Page

Two Cookeville men, accused in two recent break-ins, have been charged by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says 19 year old Jeffrey Hendrix of East 10th Street, Cookeville and 19 year old John Gentry of Mike Madewell Road, Cookeville are each charged with aggravated burglary, theft of property over $500, burglary, and vandalism over $10,000. Bond for each is set at $30,000.

The men are accused of committing a burglary at Caney Fork Outdoors in the Wolf Creek Community on January 10th. According to Sheriff Ray, \" they broke out the front glass of the door, went in, and stole over 100 packs of cigarettes (numerous brands), and a cash register that contained some change.\" The cash register has been recovered.

Sheriff Ray says Hendrix and Gentry are also believed to have committed a burglary and vandalism on February 1st at a cabin in the Wolf Creek area. \" They broke into a cabin off of Wolf Creek and destroyed every piece of furniture in there including a television, refrigerators, antiques, and they took family pictures off of the walls and burned them in a stove.\" Damage from the vandalism was estimated at more than $40,000.

Hendrix and Gentry are scheduled to appear in DeKalb County General Sessions Court on March 8th.

At last report, Gentry was in the DeKalb County Jail, while Hendrix was incarcerated in Cookeville, awaiting to be brought to the jail here.

Meanwhile, another man, charged just last week with theft, has already appeared in court and been sentenced.

Sheriff Ray says 27 year old Lonnie Eaton of Sparta Pike, Watertown was charged with theft of property under $500 on February 12th. He appeared in court on February 15th and pleaded guilty to taking $260 from a woman's purse. Judge Bratten Cook II sentenced him to 11 months and 29 days. He must serve 100 days and then be on probation. He must also make restitution to the victim. Sheriff Ray says Eaton allegedly stole the money from a woman who had given him a ride.

In another case, 42 year old Richard Schilt of Blue Springs Road was charged Saturday with a third offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. He was pulled over on Dry Creek Road. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court on the charges March 8th. Authorities have taken action to seize the man's vehicle.

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