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Lost job leads to Sonic break-in, police say

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — An Athens teen angry over losing his job allegedly told investigators he and his girlfriend broke into his former job site to “break stuff” in retaliation, Athens police said.

Capt. Marty Bruce identified the teen as Dakota Lee Vaughn, 18, of 20956 Carey Road. Vaughn and his 16-year-old girlfriend allegedly broke into both Captain D’s on U.S. 31 and Sonic on U.S. 72 on Friday, Bruce said.

Officer Jay Looney responded to a burglar alarm at Captain D’s at 2:16 a.m. and allegedly found Vaughn and the girlfriend trying to open the back door with a tire tool, Bruce said. The two also had a glass cutter. Vaughn parked his car behind Dumpsters 100 yards from the restaurant, Bruce said, and inside the car was a digital camera that Wal-Mart reported stolen.

Hours later at 5:48 a.m., police received a burglary call from Sonic where there was broken glass in the back door. The safe’s keypad was damaged but no entry made. Bruce said Lt. Trevor Harris and Sgt. Fred Millward questioned Vaughn, who allegedly admitted to the burglary. He lost his job at Sonic two weeks ago, Bruce said, and wanted to damage store property.

Police charged Vaughn and his girlfriend with third-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglars’ tools, third-degree theft of property and third-degree burglary.

Police turned the girlfriend over to juvenile authorities. Vaughn is in Limestone County Jail in lieu of $5,500 bond.

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