Burglary Call Leads To Arrests


Vicky Newman News Herald

Loudon County Sheriff's Department responded to a call on Webb Drive Wednesday, and as a result, officers may have collected information to solve multiple area burglaries.

Chief Deputy Tony Aikens said officers responded to a call on Webb Drive of a burglary in progress, and deployed the canine unit. Upon receiving Lenoir City Police Department information that they suspected the people in apartments at the top of Browder Hill of being involved in burglaries, officers went to the location.

"When we came here, a window was unlocked, and we entered the residence to insure it was not being  burglarized," Aikens said. "Inside we found the suspects, two juvenile runaways and a Hispanic male who was not a juvenile. The Hispanic male was tazed because he wouldn't obey commands, and he is in custody."

Aikens said deputies recovered stolen items at the residence, including three stolen guns. "We suspect we will solve our burglary and another one inside Lenoir City," he said.

The identities of the suspects have not been released, and further information on formal charges was not yet available Wednesday afternoon.

Three arrested on burglary charges

Oscar Obdulio Funes, 44, of 7851 Highway 11 West, Lenoir City, has been charged with Felony Theft. Two juveniles will also be charged with two counts of burglary each. Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider announced the arrest of the three individuals who were found to be in possession of several items believed to be from previous burglaries. 

On Dec. 15 at approximately 1:50 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a Webb Circle address on a report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner had returned home to find two subjects in her home. The subjects fled into a nearby field.

The two suspects were described as one white male and one Hispanic male, both wearing hooded sweatshirts. 

Rather quickly, several officers and a K-9 unit responded to the scene and canvassed the area, according to authorities. Witnesses stated they saw two subjects running toward some apartments located nearby on Hwy 11. The K-9 unit gave track and along with the other officers converged on the apartments. One apartment door was standing open. After clearing that apartment, for the suspects, investigators noticed in the apartment several items that matched the descriptions from another burglary. Officers heard movement in another apartment two doors away. Officers knocked on the door and gave verbal commands for the occupants to open the door and come out. Upon entering the second apartment, officers found two males fitting the description of the suspects, who were also found to be runaway juveniles from a Greeneville, Tenn. group home. Funes was actually the resident of the first apartment. After consent to search was given, several items believed to be stolen from at least two other burglaries were recovered from both apartments.

ICE is being notified of Funes, allegedly from Guatemala, to investigate his legal status, authorities said.

Sheriff Guider noted that in addition to the Sheriff's Office deputies, investigators and K-9's that were involved in the arrests, he appreciated the participation of the Lenoir City Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.