According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department Monday, James Auberry, 21, Kenneth Harrington, 22, Dirk Daffron, 22, and Daniel Megenhardt, 23, all of Brazil, were recently taken into custody on burglary allegations stemming from a break in at Long John Silvers, 1860 West United States 40, Brazil.
According to information in the probable cause affidavit on file at the Clay County Courthouse, the store manager contacted CCSD investigators shortly after the restaurant opened May 13. Apparently someone entered the restaurant and stole 21 dessert pies sometime the night before. Nothing else was reported missing.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives discovered a "domino effect" of information and evidence that allegedly connected these suspects to other open burglary investigations. Evidence apparently discovered in a local dump site allegedly connected the suspects to last year's burglary at the Clay Youth Football League Field, a separate burglary at Pandora's Box Skateboard Shop in Brazil and at least one open burglary investigation in Parke County.
After several voluntary interviews, investigators acquired enough evidence for probable cause to take Auberry and Harrington into custody Aug. 10. They have both been formally charged with class C burglary and class D felony theft charges.
Initially held on a $10,000 cash bond, Auberry and Harrington remain in custody awaiting further court proceedings. Auberry is tentatively scheduled for a jury trial on Jan. 10, 2011, while Harrington and Daffron's jury trials are both tentatively scheduled for Nov. 8.
Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times Tuesday Daffron, whose initial bond was $10,000 with 10 percent allowed, has bonded out to await further court proceedings. Megenhardt, who is currently incarcerated and awaiting court proceedings in Parke County on a petition to revoke probation, has yet to appear in Clay Circuit Court for formal arraignment on class C felony burglary, class D felony receiving stolen property and class D felony assisting a criminal charges.