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Three charged in attempted burglary

Three individuals have been arrested on aggravated burglary charges stemming from an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 16.
At 2:10 a.m., the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department received a call from an elderly woman on Clear Branch Road.
According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, three individuals, Isaiah L. Hicks, 32, Shawn Meeks, 22, and Amanda Jackson, 18, all from Knoxville, were going around residences knocking on doors and windows. They were doing this to see if residences were occupied. Likely believing that the particular dwelling was unoccupied, one of the subjects kicked in the back door of the residence. The woman reportedly met the man in the kitchen with her cane, which led him to flee from the home. All of the subjects then fled the area. Hensley said the man mostly likely thought the cane was a gun.
Deputy Mike Harris was the first on the scene. Officers were notified to be on the lookout for a van with the windows busted out. Unicoi County 911 gave a description of the van to surrounding agencies and advised them to be on the lookout as well.
Deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers thoroughly searched the Clear Branch area. Around 10:30 a.m., the Yancey County (NC) Sheriff’s Department advised that they had a van that matched the description of the vehicle.
Investigator Ronnie Adkins along with Sheriff Hensley traveled to Burnsville, N.C., and were able to solve an additional burglary that had happened in Yancey County, Hensley said.
As of The Erwin Record’s press time, all three suspects are being held in Yancey County on $50,000 secured bonds. Hensley said that the three were charged with aggravated burglary in Unicoi County. The crime is still under investigation.
Also, according to Hensley, during the investigation officers learned of an alleged theft committed by the three on Corn Branch in Unicoi County, as well as vandalism of a home on Clear Branch.
Hensley said Hicks, Jackson and Meeks will be facing additional charges from these alleged incidents.