ATHENS, Tenn. — Two men suspected of burglarizing a bowling alley in Athens now have time to spare behind bars to think about the crimes they're charged with.
Police in Athens say early Tuesday morning at about 2:30 officers responded to the Classic Lanes Bowling Alley on Congress Parkway after a report of a burglary alarm.
Employees told officers about the alarm, and said they arrived at the business to find that someone apparently had a ball after hours.
Officers began searching the area for the perpetrators. Sometime later, they located two suspects, who tried to split the scene on foot. An officer was able to apprehend one suspect by using a stun gun.
Other officers set up a search perimeter, and a short time later, found a second suspect hiding in nearby woods.
David McCoy and Gabriel O'Daniel, both 19, are now in the McMinn County Jail and now have several strikes against them, including charges of burglary, theft of property over $1000, evading arrest, resisting arrest and vandalism.
Athens Police say there are likely other suspects still at large, and officers are now working to pin down their location.
Police Chief Clifton Couch said “I applaud all of the officers involved in this call for apprehending these subjects so quickly. Anytime something like this happens, we want to get the perpetrators in custody and into the judicial system as quickly as possible, before they can cause harm to anyone else.”