Athens police pick up the split in bowling lane burglary

Athens police pick up the split in bowling lane burglary

June 28th, 2018 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

Police in Athens, Tennessee, early Thursday arrested two people during a burglary investigation at Classic Lanes Bowling Alley on Congress Parkway.

According to a statement issued Thursday morning by Athens officials, police officers met with employees of the bowling alley around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The employees were at the business after the burglar alarm was triggered and they discovered that someone had broken in.

Officer Casey Patterson and other officers began searching for suspects. Some time later, Patterson spotted two suspects who fled on foot, officials state. Patterson apprehended one suspect using his stun gun while other officers kept looking for the other suspect, who was located later and apprehended in a wooded area nearby.

David McCoy, of Cottonport Road, Decatur, and Gabriel O'Daniel, of Hutsell Drive, Athens, both 19, were charged with burglary, theft over $1,000, evading arrest, resisting arrest and vandalism, officials said.

Police believe there could be other suspects still at-large and the investigation is continuing.

"I applaud all of the officers involved in this call for apprehending these subjects so quickly," Athens Police Chief Cliff Couch said in the statement. "Anytime something like this happens, we want to get them perpetrators in custody and into the judicial system as quickly as possible, before they can cause harm to anyone else."

Anyone with any information about the burglary should contact the Athens Police Department's detective unit at 423-744-2730.