Several Thefts Under Investigation by City and County Authorities

May 20, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

One woman has been charged with theft of property under $500 and another arrest is expected in a robbery at the Bizzy Bee's Flea Market on Allen's Ferry Road Thursday.

Investigator Charles Griffith of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department says 28 year old Lisa Michelle Porterfield of Dowelltown has been arrested in the case.

According to Griffith Porterfield and another woman went to the flea market between 11:00 a.m. and noon on Thursday and while one woman was talking with the clerk and keeping her busy on the outside of the building, Porterfield had gone inside where she allegedly removed $200 to $240 in cash.

Griffith says Porterfield apparently knew where the money was kept because she had been at the flea market on Wednesday and had sold some DVD's.

The victim, after providing Griffith with a description of the women, positively identified Porterfield from a photo line up and she was subsequently arrested.

The case remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, in a separate matter, Griffith says three men, 40 year old William Ray Cantrell, 39 year old Martin Riley, and 35 year old Scott R. Adams all of Smithville, have been arrested in connection with a recent burglary of a residence on Coon Branch Road, in which numerous items were stolen.

Investigator Griffith says the burglary occurred during daylight hours when no one was home. However, as the men were leaving the property, the owner of the house returned and tried to confront them, but they fled the scene.

The men were later identified by the victim during a photo lineup.

Griffith says the men are also suspects in other recent burglaries.

Smithville Police are investigating a break-in at the office of Dr. Melvin Blevins and Johnny's Drugs early Thursday morning.

Detective Sergeant Chris Russell says sometime during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning someone broke out a rear window at Dr. Blevins' office at the Center Hill Medical Building and entered.

Once inside, several attempts were made to make entry to the drug store next door through the wall.

After bursting through a sheet rock wall, the intruders removed from the pharmacy a large quantity of controlled substances including oxycontin, hydrocodone and xanax. The intruders then left, going back out the same way they came in.

If you have any information that may help solve the case contact Detective Sergeant Chris Russell of the Smithville Police Department or phone the anonymous tips line at 464-6046.

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