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Police arrest three burglary suspects found hiding in attic

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Three individuals have been arrested and charged with burglary and theft related offenses, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

Joseph Pritchett, 19, Tabrelle Moore, 20, and Jebrionte Miller, 20, all of Gadsden, have been charged with Burglary 1st and Theft of Property 1st, states Investigator Josh Morgan.

Sheriff's deputies and Gadsden police officers responded to a 911 call of a home invasion in the Whorton's Bend Community at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. 

The 911 caller reported that he and his wife were in an upstairs bedroom and could hear someone inside their home.  While on the phone with the dispatcher, the couple locked themselves in a bathroom until deputies and officers arrived.

Quickly, the deputies and officers encountered an individual coming out of a broken window of the residence.  Despite the deputies commands, the individual went back into the home.  The deputies and officers surrounded the house to ensure the intruders did not escape while waiting on back-up to arrive.

The Etowah County Joint Special Operation Group entered the residence and took the two homeowners to safety. 

An additional search of the home was conducted by other law enforcement officers on the scene.  The three intruders were found in an area of the attic in the residence and were immediately taken into custody. 

At the time of arrest, the individuals were in possession of firearms, which were later determined to be stolen.  The individuals also had jewelry from the home in their pockets.

"Last night's event could have resulted in tragedy, if not for the actions of deputies and officers that went beyond their duty in locating and apprehending the intruders.  Their action clearly ensured the safety of others," said Sheriff Entrekin.

Agencies that assisted the Etowah Sheriffs Office were: Gadsden Police Department, Etowah County District Attorney's Office, Southside Police Department, Etowah County Joint Special Operation Group and Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit.

The three individuals are being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $50,000 cash bond on each offense. 

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