(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
According to Leachville Police Chief Ken Womack, the burglaries started in late November and continued through December. The items recovered were taken from two locations and two sheds belonging to Krystal Love; the residence of Dorothy Thweatt; a camper belonging to Levie Morris; and a shed belonging to Gary Mitchell.
"As we gathered information from each burglary a suspect was developed," Officer Brian Crites said. "We had enough information gathered to prepare an affidavit for a search warrant on Monday evening. The search warrant was granted and we made entry at 903 South Ada Street at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 2."
The occupant, Kenneth W. Lucy, 42, was home and was advised of the search warrant.
Womack said once the search was completed Lucy was advised of his rights and cooperated with the investigation.
Items recovered included several sentimental items such as John Deere collector items, silver coins ranging from 1919 to 1955, baseball cards, a quilt, golf clubs, tools, and other items. The total dollar amount recovered was estimated at $3,500 to $4,000.
"The John Deere collector items were taken from the Love residence," Crites said. "Jerome Love passed away a year or so ago and some of the John Deere items included some he had bought for his children."
Lucy appeared at a probable cause hearing Wednesday morning before Judge Shannon Langston. Bond was set at $25,000.
Lucy has been charged with two counts of residential burglary; two counts of felony theft; two counts of breaking and entering; two counts of misdemeanor theft; and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Womack said Lucy had pled to drug charges in 2003 but currently had no warrants and was not on parole.
"The investigation is ongoing," Womack said. "If anyone has purchased items from Lucy, they could possibly avoid criminal charges by returning the items to the Leachville Police Department."
Members of the Leachville Police Department are Chief Womack, Brian Crites, Keith Evans, Stu Sigman and Terry Routon.