Dyal Charged with Breaking into Fifteen Homes Since March

July 19, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kenny Waymon Dyal Jr.
Scarlet Lawrence
Lonnie Wheeler

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has apparently solved a rash of recent burglaries in the Lakeview Mountain Estates area with the arrest of a 23 year old Smithville man.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says Kenny Waymon Dyal, Jr. of Floyd Drive, Smithville is accused of breaking into a total of fifteen homes between March 30th and July 10th. He is formally charged with fourteen cases of aggravated burglary, twelve cases of theft of property, and one count of vandalism.

Dyal was arrested last Monday, July 12th and he appeared for a bond hearing in General Sessions Court on Thursday, July 15th where Judge Bratten Cook, II doubled his bond to $1-million, 070-thousand dollars. Dyal will be back in General Sessions Court on July 29th.

Sheriff Ray says all these break-ins were assigned to a detective to investigate. Dyal was later identified as a suspect in the case and was arrested. According to Sheriff Ray, Dyal has admitted to committing all the break-ins, some of which were at weekend homes, and others at permanent residences.

Some of the items taken in the burglaries have been recovered. If you have purchased anything from Dyal or believe you may have bought something that you suspect may be stolen, Sheriff Ray is asking you to contact the Sheriff's Department at 597-4935 to let officers check it out to make sure.

Sheriff Ray says Dyal is accused of committing the following crimes:

On March 30th, Dyal allegedly took two rifles, valued at $620, from a home on Floyd Drive. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $500

On March 29th, Dyal allegedly took TV's, a DVD player, chain saw, camping equipment, and DVD's from a home on Oak Drive, valued at $4,020. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000

On April 4th, Dyal allegedly broke into a house on Oak Drive and took a camera and jewelry valued at over $500. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $500.

On April 4th, Dyal allegedly broke into a house on Mullican Drive but did not take anything. He is charged with aggravated burglary.

On April 8th, Dyal allegedly tried to break-into a home on Poplar Place, causing damage to the home. He is charged with vandalism.

On April 21st, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Lake View Drive and took TV's and a DVD player, valued at $950. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $500.

On May 17th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Mullican Lane and took TV's, radios, DVD players, household items, a chain saw, and tools, all valued at over $6,688. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000.

On May 17th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Mullican Lane and took a TV, DVD player, weed eater, flashlights and household items, valued at over $1,020. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

On May 30th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Lakeview Drive and took a flat screen TV, and a DVD/VCR combo, valued at over $500. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $500.

On June 4th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Neil Drive and took a TV and DVD player valued at over $200. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property under $500.

On June 11th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Oak Drive and took numerous tools, a DVD/VCR player, DVD's and loose change, valued at over $625. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $500.

On July 2nd, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Floyd Drive and took a TV and cable box, valued at over $250. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

On July 9th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Cleveland Way by going through a kitchen window. The victim was at home asleep at the time. The victim heard a noise, woke up and turned on a light, and saw the burglar in the kitchen. The intruder stated he made a mistake and ran out of house. Dyal is charged with aggravated burglary in that case.

On July 10th, Dyal allegedly entered a home on Oak Drive and took various pistols, rifles and shotguns and jewelry, valued at $2,250. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000.

On July 10th, Dyal allegedly broke into a home on Neil Drive and took a flat screen TV and jewelry, valued at $1,230. He is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000

Sheriff Ray says more arrests are pending.

Meanwhile, in another case a 25 year old woman was arrested Sunday, July 18th after a county deputy found some methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia while serving a warrant.

Scarlet Lawrence is charged with unlawful possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on July 29th.

Sheriff Ray says the officer made contact with Lawrence, who was at a campsite near a bridge on New Bildad Road, not far from her home. He says the deputy was there to serve the warrant and to investigate the presence of a possible meth lab.

According to Sheriff Ray, the officer asked Lawrence if there were any illegal substances around. She instructed him to go over and check by the stove. He did and found a pouch that contained a baggie of a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetmine. The officer also found two hypodermic needles and a straw.

In another case, 34 year old Lonnie Wheeler of Lincoln Street, Smithville was arrested on Sunday, July 18th for leaving the scene of an accident. Bond is set at $3,500 and Wheeler will be in court on August 5th.

Sheriff Ray says on Sunday a deputy responded to complaints of a hit and run on Keltonburg Road and Belk Road. He says on Belk Road, someone had struck a state road sign and a mailbox while on Keltonburg Road, a truck was found to have struck an embankment. It was left abandoned near a bridge. The truck was totaled. Wheeler was later identified as the owner of the vehicle and he was located and arrested.

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