Sheriff: Burglars targeted grieving family’s home in Giles County

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GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two teenagers are charged after investigators said they burglarized the home of a Giles County family mourning the loss of a loved one killed in a crash.

According to the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded December 20 to a residence on Black Road when neighbors reported suspicious activity.

During the investigation into the activity, deputies learned an officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency had seized several firearms stolen from the home during a traffic stop.

The sheriff’s office arrested the two suspects on Christmas Eve. Dylan Jacob Townsend, 19, and Tyler Chance Hargrove, 19, were charged with aggravated burglary and property theft.

Sheriff Kyle Helton released the following statement:

“Tragedy struck our community with the passing of Curt Alsup and the injuries sustained to his family during the motor vehicle accident several days ago. I was appalled, to say the least, when I received the news that his family’s home had been burglarized while his wife and children were hospitalized. Our goal was to seek and find those individuals responsible for such a despicable crime and that came to an end this Christmas Eve. I would personally like to thank those Officers involved in the apprehension of these offenders, the multiple community members reporting any and all suspicious activity, and to TWRA Officer David Crane for his valuable assistance during the investigation.”

-Sheriff Kyle Helton

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