Two teens charged in attempted burglary

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   Two 18-year-old males were arrested early Sunday morning and charged in connection with the attempted burglary of a local business.
   Larry Dean Guinn, 2218 Sunflower Lane and Allen Estep, 202 South Hills Drive, Apt. B, were both charged with several offenses including burglary, vandalism and trespassing.
   According to reports, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were called to respond to a possible break-in in progress at a car wash located next to Stateline Market on U.S. Highway 19E just before 3 a.m.
   "The complainant advised dispatchers that he could hear a sound consistent with someone beating on a lock," EPD PTL Joy Shoun states in her report. "Upon our arrival to the area, the complainant called back and told us that two male subjects had been seen running from the rear of the car wash toward Stateline Road."
   At that time, Shoun, along with EPD Sgt. Jack Ramsey and PTL Shannon Peters searched the area around the carwash and Stateline Road. "PTL Peters and Sgt. Ramsey both sighted male subjects matching the given description inside the fenced-in lot at the car dealership next to the Stateline Market (on the south side of the store)," Shoun's report states. "When the subjects saw the officers in turn, they fled, ignoring orders to stop, and attempted to hide under a pair of vehicles for sale there."
   Officers located the subjects, later identified as Guinn and Estep and took them into custody.
   "We then returned to the car wash and found a hammer and screwdriver under the meter in one of the car wash stalls," Shoun states in her report. "The lock on the meter showed evidence of having been hammered upon but not defeated."
   Officers then located the vehicle that had been driven by Guinn and Estep in the parking lot of the Betsytowne shopping center on Highway 19E.