A couple of teenage girls who escaped from a residential treatment center in Blount County were recaptured after the quick thinking of a man who lived nearby.
According to Sheriff James Berrong, the two girls, ages 15 and 17, were in staying at the Acadia Village Residential Center on Jones Bend Road. Monday evening around 8:30, the girls set of a fire alarm as a distraction and took off.
After leaving the center, Berrong says the two girls broke into a nearby house, stole cash and car keys, and were attempting to steal the homeowner's vehicle when they were caught and scared off.
The girls then went to another residence nearby, knocked on the door, and told the homeowner a story about needing a ride to go see one of the girl's sick mother.
The sheriff says the homeowner invited then in and played along, then called and told authorities where the girls were. Deputies arrived and took them back into custody around 11:40 p.m.
The teens are now in custody at the Blount Count Juvenile Detention Facility. They are each charged with delinquent by aggravated burglary and delinquent by theft of property
of a motor vehicle over $10,000.