Smithville Police Make Two Arrests In Recent Burglary & Theft Investigation

June 2, 2006
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department has made two arrests in a recent burglary.

18 year old Gary Christopher Ponder of Old Mill Road, Dowelltown and 18 year old Brittney Danielle Barnes of Belk Road, Smithville are each charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

Officer Mike Billings, in his report, states that \"I was conducting an investigation of a burglary that took place at the home of Paul Robinson at 7176 Cill Street, Smithville on May 21st. Barnes did admit to entering the home of Robinson by using a hammer and screwdriver to gain entry to the back door of the residence. Once inside the house, she and her boyfriend, Gary Ponder, took a bottle of prescription morphine (15mg) and a bottle containing 4-5 percocets (5mg). Miss Barnes did make a statement admitting her involvement in the break-in and theft. Barnes said she sold the drugs for money.\"

Billings, in his report, further stated that \" Ponder admitted his involvement in the break-in.\"

Bond for both is set at $15,000 each and they will appear in General Sessions Court on the charges June 15th.

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