Teen charged with breaking into HHS concession stand

Published 7:14 pm Friday, August 25, 2017

A Carter County man faces criminal charges after police say he broke into the concession stand at Hampton High School.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dante Allen Brown, 18, of 103 Dugger St., Hampton, on Thursday and charged him with burglary and vandalism.

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On Thursday, CCSO Deputy Sal Caccamo, who serves as the School Resource Officer at Hampton High, said HHS Principal Jeff Bradley reported to him that someone had broken into the concession stand located at the football field. According to reports, Bradley stated the break-in occurred between Sunday night and Tuesday.

“Mr. Bradley stated that the front door to the concession stand was pried open and the handles to the freezer were broken off,” Caccamo said. “Mr. Bradley stated that a large amount of candy, soda, and chips were stolen.”

Bradley estimated the damage to the concession stand and equipment to be over $600, Caccamo said.

Caccamo and Bradley went to a nearby home on Church Street in Hampton to speak with the homeowner, Dale Miliken, who had reported seeing two suspicious males in the neighborhood during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

“Mr. Miliken stated that both males were carrying large back packs full of unknown items,” Caccamo said.

Milliken told Caccamo and Bradley that he had spoken with one of the males and provided them with a description.

Later in the morning on Tuesday, Miliken said he was once again outside when he noticed the backpacks the two males had been carrying lying next to the roadway.

“Mr. Miliken stated that he opened the back packs and they were full of candy, soda, and chips,” Caccamo said, adding Bradley identified the items as coming from the HHS concession stand.

Caccamo said he later returned to Miliken’s home and showed him a picture of Brown, who had been arrested on an unrelated theft charge on Wednesday. Miliken identified Brown as the person he spoke with during the early morning hours on Tuesday.

Caccamo then obtained a warrant charging Brown with burglary and vandalism.

Brown appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court for arraignment on Friday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. reset the case for Sept. 1.