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Deputies Catch Spartanburg Couple Burglarizing Home

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Mugshot: John Mitchell Babb (left) and Terry Lee Sanders (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Mugshot: John Mitchell Babb (left) and Terry Lee Sanders (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
Spartanburg, SC - A man and woman were arrested and charged Friday morning after Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies caught them breaking into a home.

Deputies arrested John Mitchell Babb, 37, of Spartanburg, and Terry Lee Sanders, 50, of Boiling Springs, at a home on Cannons Campground Road just after 7 a.m. and charged them with first-degree burglary, petit larceny and possession of criminal tools. 

According to a report obtained from the sheriff's office, deputies responded to the home at 2753 Cannons Campground Road after receiving a report of someone trespassing on the property. When they arrived, the found Sanders sitting in a car outside of the home.

A deputy asked Sanders what she was doing in the car and she responded that she was on her way to her mother's home when she stopped at Walmart. Feeling something was suspicious, the deputy asked Sanders what she had bought at Walmart and she responded that she did not purchase anything and just came to the home because it was peaceful and she was just trying to relax before she started her day. 

While another deputy stayed with Sanders, another deputy went to check on the house. He noticed that one of the front windows had been removed from the porch and a window had been broken and someone had entered the home. 

According to the report, the deputies entered the home and identified themselves. They walked into a bedroom and found that someone had left a light on. After searching a bathroom, one of the deputies walked into a bedroom and found Babb hiding in a closet. 

The report states that the deputy removed his gun and ordered Babb to show him his hands and come out of the closet. As he came out of the closet, the report states that Babb pulled out a knife and placed it against his neck and threatened to kill himself. Deputies eventually managed to get Babb to surrender and took him into custody.

A search of Sanders and Babb revealed two pieces of jewelry, an amount of copper wire, new copper tubing, a bag with a variety of tools inside and some plastic bags with meth inside. Babb and Sanders were each transported to the Spartanburg County Detention Center where they are currently being held. 

Sanders was subsequently charged with possession of meth, while Babb was also charged with malicious injury to property.   
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