Cantrell Charged with Burglaries of a Home, Outbuilding, Church, and Two Vehicles

November 19, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
William Andrew "Andy" Cantrell
Brett Allen Anderson
James Robert Whitaker, III
Cesario Gaspar Cortez
Cindy Armstrong Sherrell Lemons
Desiree Nichole Ferrell

A 44 year old man has been arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department after allegedly breaking into a home, an outbuilding, two vehicles, and a church on Sunday, Veterans Day.

William Andrew "Andy" Cantrell of Redman Road Smithville is charged with burglary (4 counts), theft of property under $500, aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, vandalism (2 counts) and introduction or possession of drugs into a penal institution where prisoners are quartered. Cantrell is under a $70,000 bond and he will be in court on November 29.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, November 11, Cantrell allegedly broke into a residence on Big Woods Road by prying open a back door. He also broke a window. Cantrell allegedly stole from the home a 22 caliber H & R target pistol, valued at $400. Cantrell also allegedly broke into an outbuilding at the residence. Entry was made through a window. Once inside he took a four wheeler and burst through the doors of the outbuilding.

On the same day, Cantrell allegedly broke into two vehicles at another residence on Big Woods Road. Both vehicles were unlocked so entry was made by simply opening the doors. Cantrell allegedly tried to steal one of the vehicles. He damaged the steering wheel column around the ignition keyhole as well as the glove box. The total amount of the vandalism to that vehicle was estimated at $1,000. Cantrell allegedly tried to steal the radio in the other vehicle and caused damage to the dashboard around the radio.

Cantrell also allegedly broke into the Old Fashion Free Will Baptist Church on Blue Springs Road. Entry was made through a back door. He allegedly stole a laptop computer, two wireless keyboards, a projector, and a black bag with a total estimated value of $2,200.

After being arrested and taken to jail on Monday November 12, Cantrell was searched by correctional officers and they found on him a small red plastic container with a powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine.

44 year old Brett Allen Anderson of King Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with vandalism. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court December 13.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 13, a deputy was called to investigate a vandalism at a residence. Upon arrival, the officer saw damage to a door. He spoke to Anderson who admitted to kicking in the door and entering the residence. The home apparently belongs to the landlord of someone Anderson had been seeing. Anderson was arrested on Wednesday, November 14.

20 year old Christopher Thomas Pack of Adams Street, Smithville is charged with underage driving while impaired. He was also issued citations for underage consumption, failure to exercise due care, and failure to maintain his lane of travel. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on December 13.

Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, November 14, a deputy responded to a one vehicle accident with property damage on Big Rock Road. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the driver, Pack. According to Sheriff Ray, Pack had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He was acting very nervous. The deputy asked him if he had consumed any alcohol prior to the accident. Pack allegedly admitted that he had been drinking beer. Pack performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and he submitted to a blood alcohol test.

22 year old James Robert Whitaker, III of Tammi Kay Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 16 a deputy responded to a 911 call of a domestic dispute between a father and son at a residence on Tammi Kay Road. After speaking to everyone involved, the officer determined that the son, James Robert Whitaker, III was the primary aggressor. According to Sheriff Ray, Whitaker wanted the keys to the car but his father told him no. Whitaker replied that he would get the keys one way or another. He then grabbed his father's ankle and twisted his foot, knocking him off his feet.

26 year old Cesario Gaspar Cortez of East Main Street, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court November 29. He was arrested on Sunday, November 18.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 7, Cortez came home drunk on Cecil Hale Road and allegedly assaulted his wife by hitting her in the eye with a chopping block and scratching her face with a key. He also pushed her down. Cortez then allegedly put her in a vehicle and carried her to the emergency room of Cookeville Regional hospital for medical treatment. Cortez is being held for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

32 year old Cindy Armstrong Sherrell Lemons of Potts Camp Road, Smithville is charged with simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $4,000 and she will be in court on November 29.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, November 18 Lemons was arrested on a state warrant for violation of probation. The arresting officer received consent to search her vehicle and found two hypodermic needles in the driver seat where Lemons had been sitting. The needles were wrapped in a plastic bag which was also covered in tissue paper. While being transported to the jail, Lemons pulled a plastic bag from her pants, with her hands cuffed behind her back. She then opened the bag containing pills, believed to be hydrocodone, dumped them out and started consuming the pills. Lemons was stopped before she could consume them all.

37 year old Desiree Nichole Ferrell of Fiddler's Lane, Smithville is charged with fraudulent use of a debit card and forgery. Her bond is $4,000 and she will be in court on November 29. She was arrested on Monday, November 19.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 15, Ferrell allegedly stole a debit card and went to an ATM machine and withdrew $319 for her own use. Four days later, on October 19 Ferrell allegedly passed a forged check in the amount of $70 at a local market.

The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.

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