High school students charged with burglary

SNELLVILLE - A trio of Shiloh High School student-athletes were arrested Monday on burglary charges, jail records show.

Cameron Whigham, Jaron Acklin and Mark Wright - all 17 - were booked into Gwinnett County Jail on June 30 on one count each of burglary, according to jail records. They were released on $1,200 bond the following day.

According to a Gwinnett County Police Department incident report, the trio and a juvenile allegedly forced entry into a residence off Brandon Lake Drive and stole a DirecTV receiver box, leaving other electronics on a couch.

An anonymous caller, the report stated, witnessed the teens entering the home and, moments later, fleeing in a red vehicle.

But they didn't get far.

An officer intercepted the suspects and ordered the teens out of the car, the report stated. A search of the vehicle yielded a hammer, a pry bar, the DirecTV box and a pair of latex gloves. The teens told officers they had been at a friend's house painting and could not account for the receiver box.

Police searched the house in question and found a rear door had been forced open and several electronic items from a television on the couch, as if the suspects had "left the residence in a hurry and could not take all of it," according to the report.

Whigham, Acklin and Wright were arrested and transferred to the Gwinnett County Jail. The juvenile was released to the custody of his parents.

Whigham, a rising senior, was a starter on Shiloh's 2007 football team and started as power forward/center on the basketball team, leading the squad last season in scoring and rebounds.

Wright, a rising junior, is listed as a quarterback and outside linebacker on Shiloh's football team. In 2007, he was 8-of-32 for 108 yards with two touchdowns and two INTs as a backup quarterback.

Acklin, a rising senior, is listed as a running back and defensive back on the football team.

- Sports writer Brandon Brigman contributed to this report