Three held on bonds in seven burglaries in county

Published 12:05 pm Friday, July 22, 2011

Three Warren County men were returned to the jail this morning on bonds ranging up to $120,000 in seven car and home burglaries this week.

Justice Court Judge Eddie Woods heard the cases this morning and ordered the three held on bond.

• Gage Lynn, 18, 1245 Mount Alban Road, who was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of auto burglary, two counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, was ordered held on $120,000.

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• Tyler Knighton, 18, 616 Tilton Ranch Road, also arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of auto burglary, two counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, was held on a $95,000 bond.

• Trinity Ezell Emrick, 20, 2540 Old Highway 27, was arrested Thursday. He was charged with auto burglary, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary and was held on a $65,000 bond.

Sheriff Martin Pace said this morning the three are accused of burglaries at seven county addresses, on Indiana Avenue, Warriors Trail, Old Highway 27 and Brogdon Drive.

He said investigators uncovered the burglaries when visiting Lynn and Knighton at their homes about an unrelated burglary.

“While they were talking to them, they noticed items in the house taken in the burglary we knew they committed,” Pace said.

Investigators found items stolen in burglaries that had not been reported, Pace said.

“In some cases, the people didn’t know their cars had been broken into, and in some cases, the burglaries were just being reported,” Pace said. “We were solving the cases as they were being reported. People would discover the burglary and report it, and we’d take the items to their house for them to identify.”

He said some of the cars were locked, others were not. He said the burglars broke a window to enter one house and, at another, forced the door of a shed open to steal equipment.

The break-ins included:

• Tuesday: Theft of yard equipment and power tools from a storage shed in the 2500 block of Warriors Trail; all items were recovered. Electronics and personal identification were taken from a car in the 3000 block of Indiana; the identification cards were recovered.

• Wednesday: Theft of a computer bag containing school supplies and a duffle bag with weightlifting equipment from a pickup in the 300 block of Warriors Trail. Electronic equipment and cigarettes were stolen from a car in the 100 block of Brogdon. A cell phone and charger and electronics were stolen from a car in the 400 block of Warriors Trail. A wool hat and sunglasses were stolen from a second car on Brodgon. The hat and sunglasses were recovered. Jewelry, electronics and a laptop computer were stolen from a house in the 2500 block of Old Highway 27; the computer was recovered.

The sheriff said the case remains under investigation, but declined to comment whether more charges or arrests were possible.