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Three arrested in burglary ring

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Three Clay County residents are currently in jail for burglary allegations, while authorities continue to look for another suspect.

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.

Using information obtained from the first suspect, the deputies were able to locate two other suspects, who also admitted their involvement during questioning.

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.

Eaglin also appeared in Superior Court by video conference. Attorney Matthew Effner was appointed counsel, bond was set at $15,000 (with no 10-percent allowed and to run consecutive to any/all other bonds he might have) 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.

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You know what I think every time I read about "kids" like this? That they never got their *sses whipped at home. Maybe that's presumptuous of me, but that's what I think.


Good job, CCSD for stopping a few more thieves from an even bigger crime spree!

On another note .. interesting how their bond is set at $25,000 no 10%. I've seen worse crimes with a lower bail AND % allowed. Guess I just don't understand the system that well.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 10:54 AM

Are you saying that you are not going out to get any candy this year OldHouseMan, or are you saying that you could not think up a nice enough disguise that you would want to wear for two nights in a row?

-- Posted by photobob on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 3:31 PM

And the last two posts have what to do with this article?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 5:39 PM

I don't know Thall; ask OldHouseMan, I was just asking questions to get it clarified like you are doing.... Make you wonder doesn't it.....

-- Posted by photobob on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 9:24 PM

And U.R. Annoying strikes again..

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Oct 30, 2010, at 5:43 PM

I think before people shouldn't judge other people, they should get all their fact straight. One of the kids has brain damage, which doesn't work in his favor. I think that this whole world needs to stop judging other people and look at themselves. There are always two sides to every story!!!! People disgust me with their quick judgements. Sure you have a few ghost in your closets, don't you!

-- Posted by sspeck5055 on Tue, Nov 2, 2010, at 5:06 PM

Well sspeck, it is sad that he has a brain injury, however you can still teach them right and wrong. That is one of the most simple things to do. Judging someone and being happy that justice is done is different. These kids did something wrong. We are taught from the time we are children not to steal. This kid is 20, he knows better. Now he will face his punishment, which hopefully is harsh. He can learn from his mistake while serving his punishment. Hopefully he takes advantage of the time he has to think about his mistake and does better.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Wed, Nov 3, 2010, at 12:35 PM

Amen, CRABB.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Nov 4, 2010, at 12:28 PM

Well Mr. Crabb in AZ....actually the type of brain damage this boy has, is his frontal lobe, which is the common sense area of the brain, so it does affect his judgement. He has had this issue since he was a baby, so again, before you judge, know all the facts.....

-- Posted by sspeck5055 on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 3:25 PM

Whatever happened to INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY???? I thought that is how our justice system worked.

-- Posted by sspeck5055 on Tue, Nov 16, 2010, at 1:03 PM

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