Jellico police arrest man for burglary

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 The Jellico Police Department arrested Eddie Joe Bowlin, 42, 916 Plum Street, Jellico, for aggravated burglary on April 24.

Assistant Chief J. J. Hatmaker went to a residence on 5th Street to investigate a burglary, when he noticed sounds inside, Hatmaker said in a report. 

After announcing his presence and checking behind the residence, Hatmaker saw a person running from the area.  

Police Chief Chris Anderson arrived, and Hatmaker cleared the home, allegedly finding Bowlin hiding behind a mattress inside.

Hatmaker asked Bowlin about the person he saw running from the home, and Bowlin allegedly gave him a false name. 

Hatmaker had earlier spoken to a witness with the name Bowlin had given him, Hatmaker said. 

This witness told Hatmaker that before Bowlin and a codefendant entered the residence, they had spoken to him, and borrowed a pair of wire cutters, Hatmaker said. 

Bowlin and the codefendant had spoken to the witness less than 30 minutes before Hatmaker had arrived, Hatmaker said.

Bowlin is being charged with aggravated burglary and initiating a false report. 

Bowlin had entered the residence with the intent to commit felony theft and without the owner’s consent, Hatmaker said.