Paul Timothy Rector, Joseph Dean Rector
Four Hawkins County high school students are charged with breaking into their school.
According to Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, they were notified about a burglary and vandalism at Cherokee High School in Rogersville on May 5.
The suspects broke into an office in the vocational building and unplugged a video surveillance computer. They ransacked that office and stole some cameras and money.
The suspects then used traveled through the ceiling into several classrooms, causing damage to the building and taking more items from the classrooms.
The vandals also broke into and caused a lot of damage to buildings at the baseball field, softball field, and the football field house.
Despite the efforts to disable the surveillance computer, investigators were able to get video evidence of the suspects, so they could be arrested and charged.
Paul Timothy Rector, 19, and Joseph Dean Rector, 18, of Bulls Gap, are charged with burglary, theft of property over $500.00, and vandalism over $1000.00 Both are in the Hawkins County Jail under $25,000 bond.
Two juvenile boys, aged 15 and 16, were also charged with theft of property over $500.00 and vandalism over $1000.00. They are to appear in Hawkins County Juvenile Court. They are in juvenile detention in Johnson City.