A suspicious person complaint last week led to the arrest of a 32 year old man believed to be responsible for several burglaries of boats at Cove Hollow Marina.
Arrested was Christopher Edward Young of Lancaster Circle, Lancaster.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says on Thursday, March 19th, officers received a call about a suspicious person at the Cove Hollow Marina on Dale Ridge Road. The complainant was able to give a description of the vehicle, but the suspect left the scene before officers arrived. A call was dispatched to deputies a short time later concerning an automobile accident on Long Branch Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered that it was the same suspicious vehicle which had been reported earlier at the marina and that Young was determined to be the driver.
According to Sheriff Ray, deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol on Young's person, he was unsteady on his feet, and he was very belligerent. Young, who refused to submit to field sobriety tasks, was placed under arrest for a second offense of driving under the influence.
Officers performed a pat down search of Young and found in his pocket, some marijuana inside a cellophane wrapper. A computer check revealed that Young's license was revoked for a DUI in Smith County on March 5th, 2008.
Young's vehicle was also inventoried and officers found a pair of hemostats and a marijuana pipe. Other items including a barbeque grill, 2 boat seats, a ski tube, and a Coleman cooler were also in the vehicle. Upon this discovery, deputies immediately contacted detectives of the sheriff's department and through their investigation, learned that Young had burglarized at least 10 boats at the Cove Hollow Marina.
Sheriff Ray says Young admitted to his involvement into the crimes and has been charged with two counts of burglary, one count of theft under $500, one count of theft over $500, a second offense of driving under the influence, driving on a revoked driver's license, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Young's total bond was set at $79,000 and his court date is set for April 9th. Young will be charged with more offenses later.
Meanwhile in other cases, 28 year old Leyder Guerra Desirena of West Broad Street, Smithville was charged Sunday, March 22nd with a first offense of driving under the influence and no driver's license after deputies spotted him driving down the wrong side of the roadway on Highway 56 South. Officers also detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he was very unsteady on his feet. A computer check revealed that Desirena had no driver's license. Desirena's bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on April 2nd..
Last Monday, March 16th officers answered a call on Bethel Road concerning someone who was intoxicated and walking in the complainant's front yard without his pants on. 56 year old Jackie E. Trapp of Riley Avenue, Smithville was arrested for public intoxication. According to Sheriff Ray, Trapp did have an odor of alcohol on his person, he was unsteady on his feet, and he did not know how he got to the residence or where his pants were. His bond was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on April 2nd.
Also last Monday, deputies stopped a vehicle on West Main Street in Dowelltown for a traffic offense. After obtaining consent to search, officers arrested 21 year old Heather Marie Griffith of Simms Street, Dowelltown after they found in her purse 20 pills believed to be hydrocodone, 7 pills believed to be roxycodone, marijuana, a cigarette roller, rolling papers, scissors, and other items. Griffith was charged with simple possession of a schedule six drug (marijuana), possession of a schedule three drug (hydrocodone), possession of a schedule two drug (roxycodone), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Griffith's bond was set at $5,500 and she will appear in court on March 26th.
On Wednesday, March 18th, deputies arrested 21 year Jonathon Carl Davis of Peyton Lane, Smithville for criminal littering after he allegedly dumped several bags of trash on Big Wood Road in the Blue Springs area. Davis told officers that he was hauling a neighbor's trash for profit and had gone to a DeKalb County dumpster site but was turned away because he was a Cannon County resident. Davis then went to Big Wood Road and dumped the trash on the side of the road. Davis' bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on April 9th.
Also on Wednesday, deputies responded to a reckless driver complaint on Highway 70 and arrested 47 year old Chip Allen Smith of Woodbury Pike, Murfreesboro for a first offense of driving under the influence. After stopping Smith, officers administered field sobriety tasks on Smith and found that he was under the influence of intoxicants. Smith admitted that he was wearing Fentanyl pain patches and was also taking pain medication. Smith's bond was set at $1,500 and will appear in court on April 9th.