Teen ordered held without bond in county home thefts

Published 12:04 pm Friday, September 24, 2010

A 17-year-old charged in eight burglaries over the past four months was returned to the Warren County Jail Thursday without bond after law enforcement officials said his release could pose a danger to the community.

“All I need to do is go to rehab,” a tearful Grady Bishop, 17, 3365 U.S. 61 South, told Justice Court Judge Jeff Crevitt.

Bishop had been arrested Wednesday after a resident of the 1700 block of Jeff Davis Road found an intruder in his home as he returned with his family.

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Whether Bishop is addicted to drugs “in no way excuses him,” Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said after the teen’s appearance in court. “He was out on bond and continued to victimize citizens,” Pace said.

The man authorities believe drove Bishop to and from the Jeff Davis Road home, Charles M. Fowler, 18, 1407 Halls Ferry Road, Lot 3, also appeared in court Thursday. His bond was set at $25,000 on his burglary charge.

Bishop faces eight counts of burglary, and county Detective Chris Satcher said he expects more charges that could solve more of the rash of burglaries reported in the county this year.

Bishop faces charges for burglaries in the 1300 and 1600 blocks of Jeff Davis Road on June 23; the 4400 block of Nailor Road on Aug. 10; the 1300 block of Burnt House Road and the 1900 block of Funches Road, both on Aug. 28; the 5500 block of Mount Alban Road on Aug. 31; the 4900 block of Mount Alban on Sept. 1; and the 1700 block Jeff Davis Road on Wednesday.

At the time of the Jeff Davis burglary Bishop was on a $2,500 bond after being charged with a residential burglary in the Aug. 31 burglary on Mount Alban.

Pace said he considers Bishop a potential threat to the community because guns were stolen in most of the burglaries of which he is accused.

The evidence of the case will be compiled and turned over to District Attorney Ricky Smith and presented to the Warren County grand jury, which will meet in two weeks and again in January.

The arrests were the latest in a two-week string stemming from county burglaries.

• On Sept. 12, Brittany Hunt, 20, 30 Sherard Drive, was charged with receiving stolen property, identified as jewelry taken in the Aug. 31 burglary on Mount Alban Road.

• On Sept. 12, Joseph M. Baggett, 18, 65 Baggett Road, was charged with four counts of auto burglary on Boy Scout and Redwood roads.

• On Sept. 14, Ricky Cavitt Smith, 47, 22 Louise Road, Greenville, was charged with burglary and grand larceny.

• On Saturday, Sean Patrick Lott, 31, 275 Clark Road, was charged with auto burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

• On Sunday, Billy Ray Carter, 21, 102 Newit Vick Drive, was charged in a burglary on Aug. 31 of a home in the 5000 block of Mount Alban Road.

• On Tuesday, Bert Wilkinson, 23, 1239 Boy Scout Road, was charged with burglary of a home in the 200 block of Kirkland Road