The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has apparently solved a rash of recent automobile break-ins on Midway and Redman Roads with the arrest of a man who lives in that community.
22 year old Nathaniel Dylan Tippens of Redman Road, Smithville is charged with six counts of burglary, six counts of theft under $500, and one count of vandalism. His bond is $47,500 and he will be in court on January 15.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Tippens allegedly broke into and stole items from two vehicles on Midway Road and four automobiles on Redman Road on Monday, November 24. The vandalism charge is for Tippens' allegedly trying to break into another vehicle on Redman Road the same day by prying open the back sliding window, causing damage to the weather stripping.
Items taken in all the thefts combined include a JVC stereo, two TomTom GPS units, a Cobra radar detector, a bone handled knife and a brown sheath, a black air compressor, prescription eyeglasses, a class ring, a multi-colored handbag, an mp3 player, and a total of twenty dollars in change. The total value of the stolen goods amounts to $790.
The cases were investigated by criminal detectives of the Sheriff's Department.
Meanwhile, two more persons have been picked up on grand jury sealed indictments in recent undercover drug operations.
40 year old Jimmy Brown Martin of Bethel Road Smithville is indicted for the manufacture of a schedule VI drug. His bond is $20,000.
30 year old Brandon Lynn Tallent of West Broad Street, Smithville is indicted for the sale and delivery of a schedule III drug. His bond is $20,000.
51 year old Marshann Hensley of Jefferson Road, Smithville is charged with criminal impersonation and being a fugitive from justice. She was further issued citations for driving on a suspended license and roadways laned for travel. Her bond is $55,000 and she will be in court on January 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, December 2 a deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver, Hensley, identified herself to the officer as Sherry Lynn Young and said her birthday was March 6, 1962. After an investigation, officers learned her true identity and that her birthday is actually June 6, 1963. Hensley was arrested and brought to the jail for booking. It was also discovered that Hensley had a warrant for her arrest in Michigan for retail fraud, a first degree felony.
33 year old Garth Cantrell of Pine Grove Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court December 18. Sheriff Ray said that on November 11 Cantrell allegedly took several items from a residence on Bethel Road including a 105 gallon fuel tank, Kawasaki 4-wheeler frame, a go-cart frame, a Briggs and Stratton motor, three bottle jacks, and several other tools. The total value of the items amounts to $4,951. Cantrell allegedly sold the fuel tank and other items to a local recycling business. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.
49 year old Brian Eugene Farmer of Jefferson Road, Smithville is charged with driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. He was further issued a citation for violation of the financial responsibility law for no insurance. Farmer's bond is $3,000 and he will be in court January 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, December 3 a deputy was dispatched to Jefferson Road due to a wreck in which the driver had left the scene. During an investigation, the officer located Farmer who admitted to driving the vehicle. Farmer told the deputy that he had left the scene because he did not have a drivers license. A computer check confirmed that Farmers' license were suspended on August 8, 2011 for failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility in Roane County.
38 year old Roxie Elaine Martin of Academy Avenue, Alexandria is charged with driving under the influence. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court December 18. Sheriff Ray said that while on patrol, a deputy noticed a silver Dodge swerving in and out of its lane heading west on Highway 70. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer found that the driver, Martin had a strong odor of alcohol on her person. She was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred. Martin performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.
55 year old Timothy Wade Cantrell of Old Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for roadways laned for traffic. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on January 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, December 7 a deputy spotted a red vehicle leave its lane of travel and go into the grass. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Cantrell. His eyes were bloodshot and he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. Cantrell's speech was also slurred. He told the officer that he had taken prescription medicine and then began drinking during the day. Cantrell submitted to and performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. Cantrell also took a blood test. He was placed under arrest for the safety of himself and the public.