BRIGHTON, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-south mother says she does not regret turning her son and his friends into police after she found several stolen items inside her house.
"A briefcase, a diaper bag, a purse, and later on, a rifle under his mattress," said Brighton resident Terri Teate.
Teate was surprised when she walked into her house last Saturday afternoon.
"It's not right," she said. "I'm sorry, it's just not right."
Arriving home, Teate walked downstairs to find her son, his three friends, and several items that didn't belong to her.
That's when she called sheriff's deputies.
"Technically by law, she was in possession of stolen property," said Tipton County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Donna Turner. "However, the investigation confirmed that she didn't have anything to do with stealing the property."
But an investigation determined the four young men, including Teate's son, did have something to do with the burglaries, which all took place near Teate's home in the Brighton area.
"I said I'm going to tell you something," Teate said. "My son isn't going down by himself."
Teate's neighborhood is normally quiet, and she wants to keep it that way.
"People out here work," she said. "We work. We buy stuff, and these kids are going to take it or break in houses or cars?"
"She did the right thing," Turner said. "She helped us get property back to victims who had things taken out of vehicles."
Teate said she would do it all over again, if it meant teaching her son a valuable life lesson.
"I love my son, but they've got to know right from wrong, and what they did was wrong," she said.
Two of the four suspects are still in custody in the Tipton County jail. All four are expected to appear in court August 18th.