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Deputies arrest evicted renters for vandalizing house

L-R: Jessie Smith and Shanaee Dean. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office L-R: Jessie Smith and Shanaee Dean. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
The floor was damaged from paint thinner. Source: WBRC video The floor was damaged from paint thinner. Source: WBRC video
The Flippos said they found Smith under the house allegedly cutting out copper pipes. Source: WBRC video The Flippos said they found Smith under the house allegedly cutting out copper pipes. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Jefferson County deputies have arrested two people after they allegedly broke into a home and vandalized it.

On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Jessie Smith of Graysville and 31-year-old Shanaee Dean of Adamsville for vandalizing the home in Quinton.

The two renters had recently been evicted for allegedly growing marijuana plants in the flower garden.

Amber Flippo, who is the daughter-in-law of the homeowner, said a neighbor called to let her know someone was at the house.

When Flippo and her husband arrived at the home, they say the couple was vandalizing it.

"We caught [Smith] as he was coming out from under the house with copper pipes," said Flippo.

Flippo said Dean was on the porch taking pictures.

"Like she was real proud of what she had done," said Flippo.

Flippo said the damage included urine on the countertops, paint thinner poured on hardwood floors, and copper pipes cut out from under the house.

The couple was picked up by law enforcement a short time later.

Flippo says this all started when she allegedly found marijuana growing in these flower beds.

"During the process of them moving out different things happened. They claim someone broke into the house and stole some stuff from them, and instead of going the normal route of calling the police, filing a report, what you would normally do if you're house was broken into, they started lashing out on my mother-in-law and started destroying the house," said Flippo.

Now she has a warning for other potential landlords.

"Be careful who you rent to," she said.

Both suspects were charged with criminal mishief and booked into the Jefferson County Jail on a $2,500 bond each.

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