Property owner shoots suspect allegedly trying to steal utility trailer outside home

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One man is in Anderson County Sheriff’s Office custody and the other in the hospital after a thwarted utility trailer theft that allegedly happened early Tuesday morning. 

ACSO says that the property owner of the utility trailer shot one of the suspects after calling out a warning that he had a gun, firing two shotgun shots – one up in the air and the other toward the tongue of the trailer. 

One of the suspects, Joey Seiber, 27, was struck in the leg by one of the shots. He was later transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and underwent a lengthy surgery for his injuries.  His condition is not life-threatening. 

What led up to the shooting is that of a classic scenario of a man defending his property, on his own property. 

Investigators say that on Tuesday morning, at approximately 2:19 a.m. when officers responded to an attempted theft of a utility trailer and rail buggy at the residence on Sulphur Springs Road, the property owner told officers that after hearing noises, the man and his son went outside and saw a dark vehicle backed up to their utility trailer, which was loaded with a rail buggy. 

The property owner noticed two people, the suspects Seiber and Bret Weaver, 40, trying to hook up the trailer to their vehicle (the dark vehicle). The man grabbed his shotgun and told the suspects he had a gun. He then fired two shots – one up in the air and the other towards the tongue of the trailer.

Once the officers detained the two suspects, they arrested Weaver on charges of criminal conspiracy and property theft $2,500-$9,999. He is being held at the Anderson County Detention Facility with no bond. Charges for Seiber are pending.

The investigation is ongoing.

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