UPDATE: Suspects accused of breaking into 70-year-old cancer patient’s home arrested

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Authorities say two suspects accused of breaking into a 70-year-old cancer patient’s home have been arrested and identified.

Chad Mitchell Jennings and Jessica Lynn Ricker were taken into custody just before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says the two were located after someone spotted them Wednesday night walking along US 11E near Publix in Greeneville.

A report from the Greeneville Police Department says the pair were found in the parking lot of a laundromat, and both reportedly confirmed they were the people in the photos from the sheriff’s office.

Greeneville police found them with the stolen property, including a stolen gun, according to the sheriff’s department.

GPD says Jennings was in possession of a purple pocketbook and a cheetah-print bag. Jennings told officers there was a handgun in the pocketbook after officers asked if there was anything illegal in the bags.

The stolen gun was found with seven rounds in the magazine and 77 loose rounds of 9mm ammunition in the bag.

Officers also reportedly found a gram of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine in Jennings’ pocket.

Both Jennings and Ricker are charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and theft over $2,500.

Jennings faces additional charges of schedule II drug violations and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.


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GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Authorities in Greene County are searching for two suspects considered armed and dangerous after a reported break-in at a 70-year-old cancer patient’s home.

“We know that they have at least a handgun and a rifle and ammunition,” said Detective Sgt. Michelle Holt with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a Baileyton Police report, deputies were called to a home on Waymar Lane in Baileyton on Monday where the homeowner said he found his side door open and clothes were thrown around inside the room.

The homeowner told authorities several items were missing including a laptop, 9mm pistol, ammunition and clothing.

Since the home is just outside of town limits, the Baileyton Police Department turned the investigation over to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are trying to help them gather video from surrounding areas. Some of the stores may or may not have some evidence,” said Baileyton Police Chief Joshua Ferguson.

Authorities in Greene County posted a photo asking the public to be on the lookout for a male and female in the Baileyton area that reportedly broke into this victim’s home.

The department also posted the photos below of the reported suspects.

Holt said these photos, taken at the TA Travel Center on Monday, show the suspects wearing clothes that were also disposed of at the victim’s home.

“They were soaking wet, it looked like they had probably been living or traveling through the woods for a few days,” she said.

Holt also said the suspects were captured on camera at the Pilot on Tuesday, wearing the victim’s clothes.

It’s not clear whether the two suspects are from the area or whether they are still nearby.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. C. Michelle Holt at 423-798-1800.

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