Authorities make arrest in burglary

Authorities make arrest in burglary

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 9:01 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

Authorities make arrest in burglary | Authorities make arrest in burglary
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Local law enforcement officials have made a major breakthrough in a case they’ve been working on since Halloween.
On Oct. 31, 2010, the Rack & Snack restaurant in Obion was burglarized. Reported stolen was a large amount of jewelry, a karaoke machine, cash, checks, food and about 500 DVDs.
Obion Police Chief Royce Aker has been working on the case for the past 41⁄2 months. He caught a break last week and now he and investigators with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department are moving quickly to recover most of the property taken from the restaurant.
Aker and two sheriff’s department investigators traveled Tuesday to Clinton, Ky.,  where they recovered the karaoke machine stolen in the burglary.
The Clinton Police Department arrested Corey Allen Williams, 24, of Clinton on three warrants issued by Aker. He was arrested without incident at his residence, according to Aker.
Williams was being held in the Hickman County Jail pending extradition to Obion County. He is facing a vandalism charge as well as felony burglary and theft charges in connection to the Rack & Snack burglary.
Authorities are still looking for a second suspect, Courtney Marie Smyth, 29, of Rives, who will face identical charges in the case.
The break in the case came last week through an anonymous tip and since then Aker and the sheriff’s department investigators have intensified their investigation. The recovery of the stolen items from the Rack & Snack burglary may be only the tip of the iceberg in the case.
Stolen from the Rack & Snack restaurant was a diamond ring given to Mrs. Eaves by her husband for their 35th wedding anniversary and a ring given to her by her mother before she died. Both have been recovered.
Mrs. Eaves was at the local sheriff’s department to identify her property Tuesday afternoon.
It was an emotional moment for Mrs. Eaves.
“I just didn’t think I’d ever see these again,” she said.
In addition to the karaoke system, the list of items recovered so far by Aker includes a total of six rings, several necklaces and bracelets, two watches, a number of keys, about 70 DVDs and a small Audiovox stereo system.
Aker said other items recovered from the burglary have been retrieved from a residence in the Midway community, a Union City pawn shop and from a residence in Camden.
The Rack & Snack burglary investigation may also lead to other arrests and the recovery of other items stolen in the area in recent months, according to Aker.
Among the items that are expected to be recovered through the investigation are stolen four-wheelers and trailers.
The trail to recover the stolen items from the Rack & Snack burglary actually began in Martin, where several of the items were being stored in a shed. The items were moved to Clinton before Aker arrived on the scene in Martin.
It is also believed many of the items taken in the Rack & Snack burglary have been pawned in Dublin, Ga., and in Panama City, Fla. Aker is working on retrieving pawn sheets from those two locations as part of his investigation.
Aker reported to the Obion City Council Monday night that he was in the process of recovering the stolen items from the Halloween night burglary.
Aker told The Messenger Tuesday afternoon he was very grateful for the assistance offered by the local sheriff’s department in helping solve the case and recover the stolen items. He said the investigation remains open and “we anticipate more arrests.”
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.23.11

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