Bur­glars steal prop­erty worth $ 100,000

Por­terdale, NCSO as­sist Wal­ton County

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Josh Briggs

Four New­ton County teens were ar­rested last week for their al­leged in­volve­ment in the bur­glary of ap­prox­i­mately $100,000 worth of prop­erty from a home in Wal­ton County on April 6.

Michael Keavy, 18, Jes­sica Tay­lor, 18 and Spencer St. Clair, 18 both of Por­terdale and Michael Ca­gle, 18 of Cov­ing­ton were ar­rested by a joint task force and charged in Wal­ton County with two counts of bur­glary, con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary and pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol. Tay­lor was booked on the con­spir­acy and pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol by a mi­nor charges.

Tay­lor and St. Clair were also charged in New­ton County for theft by re­ceiv­ing and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute. Tay­lor was not charged with the bur­glary as she was not present dur­ing the crime.

Ac­cord­ing to De­tec­tive Bill McGee of the Wal­ton County Sher­riff’s Of­fice, the three men broke into a home around mid­night on April 6 and made a re­turn trip in the early morn­ing hours.

The stolen prop­erty in­cluded three hand­guns, jew­elry, Rolex watches and 50 to 60 bot­tles of liquor and wines the vic­tims col­lected from around the world.

McGee said a maid dis­cov­ered the bur­glary when she re­ported for work on the morn­ing of April 7 to find forced en­try through the base­ment door.

Ac­cord­ing to Por­terdale Po­lice De­part­ment Chief Wayne Digby, the de­part­ments con­verged in Por­terdale to for­mu­late the spe­cial task force and then ex­e­cuted a no- knock search war­rant of a house on 1 Maple Street in Por­terdale, where Keavy, Tay­lor and St. Clair re­side.

Dur­ing the search for the stolen prop­erty, the task force stum­bled upon and seized drug re­lated para­pher­na­lia and a green leafy sub­stance ap­pear­ing to be mar­i­juana.

Digby said the WCSO re­ceived the war­rant to look for the stolen prop­erty, but the drugs and re­lated items were un­ex­pected.

“ In ac­cor­dance to the plain view doc­trine, we acted on the drugs and such when we found them and re­ceived war­rants on that,” he said. “ We took them ( Tay­lor and St. Clair) to the New­ton County jail for ques­tion­ing and they said that stuff was theirs.”

The house was empty at the time of the search, but of­fi­cers from the PDP later re­turned to ar­rest Tay­lor and St. Clair af­ter re­ceiv­ing an anony­mous tip.

The PDP took the two into cus­tody on April 9. Keavy and Ca­gle were ar­rested one day later. Keavy was ap­pre­hended in Rock­dale County while Ca­gle was picked up at the Maple Street res­i­dence.

Of­fi­cers ob­tained a sec­ond search war­rant and re­turned to the home to re­cover more stolen prop­erty af­ter it was dis­cov­ered some of the re­ported items were still un­ac­counted for.

Ac­cord­ing to McGee, the task force re­cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately 99% of the stolen prop­erty be­tween the search of the home and var­i­ous pawn shops in­clud­ing the three guns.

McGee said the sus­pects con­fessed to their in­di­vid­ual in­volve­ment in the crime, and all signs point to Keavy as the mas­ter­mind be­hind the heist in what he ref­er­eed to as a crime of op­por­tu­nity.

“ He ( Keavy) was the one who said he knew where they could get some items,” McGee said. “ It looks like they all sat down and de­cid- ed what to do af­ter that.”

McGee was pointed out that Tay­lor was not in­volved in the bur­glary, but she was present at the time the sus­pects con­spired to pull off the heist.

Both McGee and Digby were pleased with the joint ef­fort and said the three de­part­ments that formed the task force worked well to­gether.

“ We got a lot of co­op­er­a­tion from Mickey Kitchens of the NCSO and Chief Digby down there,” McGee said. “ This is one of those cases where ev­ery­thing fell to­gether like it was sup­posed to. It doesn’t al­ways work out that way, but this time it did.”

“ Ev­ery­one worked well to­gether,” Digby added. “ We were pleased to help and are thank­ful for ev­ery­one’s ef­fort through­out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

St. Clair and Tay­lor are be­ing held in the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter await­ing ex­tra­di­tion, while Keavy and Ca­gle are be­ing held in the Wal­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.





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