Items recovered in burglaries at sheds, two men face charges
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 AM
Two men were charged in separate burglaries of sheds last week in the county where a large quantity of items were taken ranging from deer stands to chain saws, the authorities said.
All the items taken in a shed burglary Sunday in the Beatline community were recovered after Sheriff’s deputies stopped this truck not far from the residence, they said.
A truck was stolen during one of the burglaries.
Jerry D. Smith, 45, of P. O. Box 863, was charged with one count burglary of a shed.
Mark Sylvester Townsend, 36, of 12150 Highway 16 west, was charged with two counts of burglary of a shed, auto burglary, auto theft and five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Smith and Townsend were each charged with a burglary of a shed at a residence in the BeatLine community Sunday morning, where a number of items were taken including power tools and ladders.
Sheriff's Investigator Grant Myers said the homeowner reported seeing the men leave in a red Ford truck containing several items from his shed.
"The Sheriff's office stopped the vehicle a short distance away and Smith was arrested," he said. "Mark Townsend fled on foot into the woods. After searching the woods, he couldn't be located."
All the stolen items were recovered.
Later that same day around noon, a homeowner in the Bethsaida community heard his F150 Ford crank up and observed it being driven away.
"The homeowner got into one of his other vehicles to follow the truck and noticed that his firearms had been stolen," Myers said. "He called the Sheriff's office and gave a description of his stolen truck."
The truck was later stopped just south of Sebastopol by Scott County authorities after investigators here received information on its whereabouts, Myers said.
Townsend was arrested and charged with stealing the truck, burglarizing the shed and taking the guns from the second vehicle parked at the house.
"Five guns, valued at over $4,000, were recovered inside the cab of the truck," Myers said. "The other items taken from the shed were in the back of the truck. He was going to Scott County to sell them."
Sheriff Tommy Waddell said the truck was "completely loaded down with stolen items including deer stands, power tools, surveying equipment and hunting supplies. All the items were recovered.