The Dyersburg Police Department is seeking a man accused of burglary after breaking into Dyersburg Intermediate School in late December. During the break-in, 21-year-old Rayshaun Thomas allegedly spent a couple of hours sitting on a couch checking his Facebook page.
On Dec. 30, 2014 at approximately 5:57 a.m., Dyersburg Police responded to an alarm call at Dyersburg Intermediate School located at 725 Tibbs St. Upon officers’ arrival it was learned from talking to three custodians that upon entering the building to perform maintenance, they observed a black male with a backpack in the building. The custodians did not know if Thomas exited the building or if he was still on the premises.
Extra officers responded and set up a perimeter on the entire building so a detailed search could be conducted. One of the school principals was contacted so that video surveillance could be reviewed. It was determined that the suspect had left the building prior to the officers’ arrival on the scene. A School Resource Officer, responding to the alarm along with other officers, conducted an extensive search of the videotapes. Based on video surveillance, a better description of the black male revealed that he was wearing a dark navy blue or black jacket with two white stripes down each arm, and also had on a fluorescent green/yellow hoodie under his jacket.
The black male was observed on the video picking up a small laptop computer that sits on a desk in the main hallway. He was observed to sit on the couch nearby for approximately two hours and then appeared to have put the laptop back. The officer then located the laptop in question and searched the history, which showed that the suspect, later identified as Thomas, had been checking his Facebook page. The school principal and SRO officer pulled up Thomas’ profile pictures and found a picture of Thomas wearing the same fluorescent green/yellow hoodie that he was wearing on the video in the school.
The SRO was familiar with Thomas and was able to positively identify him as the suspect on the video surveillance. Based on all the information received from the investigation and the evidence, a warrant was issued for Thomas charging him with burglary.