Smithville Police Make Arrest in Theft Investigations

July 17, 2014
Dwayne Page
Randy Caplinger

Smithville Police have recovered some stolen property and made an arrest in two recent theft cases.

40 year old Steve Mabe, Jr. is charged with theft. His bond is $8,000 and he will be in court July 31.

Chief Randy Caplinger said that on Sunday, July 13 at around 2:30 a.m. Mabe allegedly stole a flat bed utility trailer, a canoe, and a spool of line for a weed trimmer from the property of the Smithville Golf Course. Mabe was identified as a suspect in the investigation and a search warrant was drawn up and executed at Mabe's home on Earl Avenue. During the search, police found the utility trailer and the trimmer line. Mabe also directed the officer to where the canoe was hidden. Police also found a chainsaw, weedeater, hunting bow and gas cans which were stolen in May from another resident in town. Mabe was placed under arrest.

28 year old Corey Winchester is charged with aggravated burglary. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, July 9 Winchester allegedly broke into a residence on West Broad Street through a window. He was later seen walking down the street trying to hide the window screen under his shirt.

42 year old Richard Turner is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said on Thursday, July 10 police were called to Holmes Creek Road where Turner was found lying passed out on the creek bank very close to the water. The officer awoke Turner and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was also unsteady on his feet.

29 year old Jason Whitefield is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 24. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, July 3rd police responded to a residence on Forrest Avenue on a complaint of domestic violence in progress. Upon arrival the officer learned from persons at the residence that Whitefield started fighting with them after they found him asleep in a vehicle and woke him up.

According to the arrest warrant, "She (a relative of Whitefield) tried to get the keys out of the car. He woke up. She told him he didn't need to be driving because of his condition. He grabbed her to move her out of the way. Her mother came over and tried to break up the argument. Whitefield hit her causing her to fall to the ground. Another person at the scene reported that Whitefield had hit him seven times. One of the victims was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. Whitefield was placed under arrest.

28 year old Michael London is charged with domestic assault. He is also cited for simple possession of a schedule III drug (Hydrocodone). His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 31. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, July 10 London allegedly assaulted a woman at Evins Manor Apartments on Foster Road. When asked to leave, London put his hands around the person's neck and commanded the person to go outside and talk. He was determined to have been the primary aggressor. While making the arrest, an officer found in London's pocket, pills believed to be Hydrocodone.

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