Items recovered after recent burglaries

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
This cross was recently recovered by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department recently unveiled a list of items recovered from a rash of burglaries.

On Monday, Sheriff Mike Heaton said officials are estimating the amount of items currently recovered is close to $10,000.

"We've got some high dollar items," Heaton said.

Heaton said an investigation began some time ago in reference to a recent rash of burglaries in the southern portion of the county, specifically in the Cory area.

On Friday, July 13, a church member from Cory Zion Church reported a burglary at the church, setting the investigation into motion. It was reported that thousands of dollars of audio equipment had been burglarized from the church.

During the weekend, officials arrested two juveniles in connection to the burglaries.

The investigation led authorities to the homes of several Clay County juveniles.

Deputies began interviewing several juveniles alleged to be involved in the burglaries Friday, July 20.

Some of the items, including a flat screen television, sound equipment, motorcycle helmets, computers and a projector, have been recovered. However, deputies said it was a "small amount" when compared to everything that has allegedly been stolen.

"We're still working on recovering more than musical equipment," Heaton said. "Some of this stuff didn't come from a church."

These speakers were among several items recently recovered by the Clay County Sheriff's Department as a result of an investigation into area thefts.

The two juveniles arrested, whose names were withheld, were preliminarily detained on charges of Burglary (a class B felony), Felony Theft (a class D felony), along with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief -- both of which are misdemeanors.

On Monday, Heaton said in addition to the two juveniles already in custody, one more is allegedly on the run. He added a total of four juveniles may be charged, with additional arrests on the way.

Heaton said once photos are taken of the items, they will be logged into evidence. From there, anyone wishing to recover their allegedly stolen items will have to call the Sheriff's Department.

He added it would be helpful if those attempting to recover items had serial numbers.

"We'll do everything in our power, if it's theirs, to get it back to the original owner," Heaton said. "But this could take weeks. It's been non-stop all weekend. This could take a while."

More arrests made

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested another juvenile in connection to the church burglaries Tuesday morning.

Authorities had been in contact with the juvenile early on Saturday, but when deputies went to his residence that evening, he fled the rear of the residence with his girlfriend -- also a juvenile.

The two fled the Brazil area before the male suspect was arrested for his involvement in the burglaries Tuesday.

Additionally, deputies also arrested 21-year-old Michael Hadley, Brazil, for his involvement in the burglaries.

The identity of the third juvenile in custody is being withheld because of his age. All suspects who have been arrested are preliminarily detained on charges of Burglary (a class B felony), Felony Theft (a class D felony), along with Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief -- both of which are misdemeanors.

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  • Minors or not, I think if they can steal from a church their names should be released. That is about as low as you can go. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes on the day they meet their maker.

    -- Posted by dbcoltharp on Wed, Jul 25, 2012, at 8:12 AM
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