A homeowner on Old Givens Hollow Road caught two men burglarizing his residence last Thursday and held one of them at gunpoint until officers arrived. The other intruder escaped.
45 year old Homer Anthony Petty, Sr. of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. He is also cited for simple possession of a schedule VI drug. His bond is $55,000 and his court date is November 10.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, October 20 a deputy responded to Old Givens Hollow Road, Liberty due to a burglary.
Upon arrival, the officer learned that the homeowner caught Petty and another person stealing items from his home. “The homeowner witnessed Petty and another person attempting to leave the residence with a Norinco SKS rifle and a head band. The victim (homeowner) recovered the rifle and held Petty at gunpoint until law enforcement officers arrived. The other person with Petty fled the scene. Other items taken in the burglary and theft were an electronic game call, a back pack, multiple turkey calls, and numerous collectible knives. Some of those have been recovered.
During a search, the deputy found a baggie in Petty’s left pocket, containing a small green leafy substance believed to be marijuana which weighed 0.399 ounces.
Sheriff Ray said more arrests are expected.
Meanwhile in a separate case, 47 year old Billy Eugene Cook of Dry Creek Road, Smithville has been charged with aggravated burglary after he too was caught by a homeowner after breaking into a residence on Andrew Jackson Boulevard.
In addition to the aggravated burglary, Cook was also charged with resist stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. His bond is $8,000 and his court date is October 27.
Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, October 17 a deputy responded to a residence on Andrew Jackson Boulevard due to a burglary. Upon arrival, the officer spoke to the homeowner, who said he found a man inside his home without consent. The intruder left before the officer got there. The homeowner identified Cook as the burglar and confirmed it after viewing a booking photo.
Cook was later found at DeKalb Market and though he resisted, the officer placed him under arrest. “While trying to place him in custody, Cook failed to comply with verbal commands. He physically tried to resist being placed in custody,” said Sheriff Ray.
31 year old Jessica Renee Bogle of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. Her bond is $2,500 and her court date is October 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, October 10 Bogle allegedly took the keys to an automobile that did not belong to her and drove off in the vehicle. She did not have permission to take the vehicle and refused to return it.