SMITH COUNTY — Smith County authorities are investigating an early morning burglary. Monday morning just before 4:00, Deputies Justin Eakin and Josh Caulkins were driving down Highway 69 South on routine patrol when Deputy Eakin noticed a red pickup parked in the middle of the highway. Deputy Eakin then noticed an ATM from the Stop and Shop, located at the intersection of Highway 69 and County Road 1215, was lying on its side in the parking lot. After entering the store parking lot, deputies saw a male wearing jeans, a dark shirt, and a black ski mask standing outside of the store. The male then ran into the woods.
After a brief search, the Whitehouse Canine Unit was dispatched to the location, but the suspect was able to elude capture. Surveillance video shows that an additional individual was also involved in the burglary. Officials say thanks to Deputies Eakin and Caulkins interrupting the burglary in progress, no money or property appears to be missing from the store. Damages were limited to the store’s front door, some merchandise, and the ATM. If you have information regarding this burglary or the identity of the suspects involved, you’re asked to call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.