On Wednesday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department released information regarding an ongoing investigation into the suspected burglary ring that began in early October when two separate burglaries were reported from the same unidentified residence.
According to a press release, deputies started the investigation by interviewing the witness who saw a suspicious van parked at the residence. After locating a vehicle that matched the description provided during a traffic stop, the driver quickly admitted his involvement in the burglaries and provided detailed information.
During the execution of a search warrant and evidentiary inventory of the vehicle, deputies located several items reported stolen, including a big screen television, two sets of golf clubs, several DVDs and stereo/video equipment among various other items.
Robert Speck Jr., 20, Brazil, Allison Stevenson, 18, Center Point, and Zachary Eaglin, 23, Gosport, were taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary burglary/theft charges.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviewed the cases and filed formal charges of class B felony burglary, class D theft and class A misdemeanor criminal trespass in each of the cases on Oct. 22, while investigators continued to look for evidence and other suspects.
Speck appeared by video conference in Clay Superior Court. Darrell E. Felling was appointed as his public defender, bond was set at $25,000 (with no 10-percent allowed) and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 14, 2011.
Stevenson appeared in custody in Clay Circuit Court. She was appointed Geoffrey Creason as counsel, bond was set at $25,000 (no 10-percent allowed) and a jury trial was tentatively scheduled for Jan. 31, 2011.
Jail officials confirmed Thursday all three remain in custody. However, Speck does have a motion to reduce his bond hearing on Nov. 8.
Investigators are actively searching for another unidentified person of interest who was allegedly present at the time of the burglaries. Officials urge this person to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.