Man charged with burglary of ice cream store

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Accused is lodged in Putnam County jail pending court date

By The Staff

A Hodgenville man was charged last week with the burglary of a Baskin Robbins store, according to a report in The Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn.

Brian Neil Hammons, 37, is charged also with evading arrest in the case.

It was around 3:15 a.m. July 26 when someone in a nearby building heard a hammering noise at the back of the ice cream shop. He called police and Cookeville officers responded.

The officers found the back door of the business had been forced open, and they could hear “what sounded to be power tools being used inside.”

The suspect fled but the chase ended in a nearby motel parking lot, when an officer reportedly tackled Hammons. He continued to struggle as officers attempted to handcuff him and was hit by a Taser jolt.

He then complained of chest pains and was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he was evaluated and released back to the officers.

They took him to the Putnam County jail where his bond was set at $26,000.

Warrants on file in the case say Hammons had used a grinder and pry bar to cut a hole in the store’s safe.

Hammons has an Aug. 23 court date.