4 Opp teens arrested for burglary
Published 12:05 am Thursday, September 20, 2012
Four Opp teenagers, including an Opp High School football player, have been charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft of property after they broke into an Opp apartment early Wednesday morning.
According to Opp Police assistant chief Mike McDonald, four male intruders, armed with a .40-caliber handgun entered a Carriage House apartment on Barnes Street, while the tenants were sleeping.
McDonald said residents were awakened and observed the four intruders moving through their apartment and that one of the intruders was armed.
“The intruders stole a Playstation 3 game system with controls and three Playstation games prior to fleeing from the apartment,” McDonald said.
OPD investigators and patrol units discovered that Meyke Boyd, 19; Devin J. Davis, 18; Chamberland Hines, 17; and Deontaye Caldwell, 16; all of Opp, were allegedly responsible for the burglary.
McDonald said Hines and Caldwell have been charged as adults and all four are being held in the Covington County jail on a $150,000 bond.
Hines is a senior wingback and linebacker for the 2012 Opp Bobcats, according to the Bobcat’s roster.
Both Boyd and Davis are former Bobcat standouts, who graduated in May.
McDonald said that the handgun used in Wednesday’s incident was reported stolen in a separate offense last week, and it has been recovered.
Burglary first degree is a Class A felony and theft of property second degree is a Class C felony.
A Class C felony carries a sentence of one year and one day and up to 10 years in prison, while a Class A felony carries a punishment of 10 to 99 years or life in prison.
OHS athletic director Jack Whigham declined to comment on Hines’ arrest or his status on the Bobcats’ team because he said he did not know the facts of the case.
Opp City Schools superintendent Michael Smithart could not confirm if any of those arrested are students, but said that under the Safe and Drug Free Schools Act, local boards prescribe the criteria for admission, attendance and penalties for students charged with serious crimes.
“Our position is that any student charged with such a crime is immediately suspended pending expulsion proceedings to preserve the safety and security of our students,” he said. “If the circumstances allow, alternative school placement is an option pending the outcome of any legal proceedings. Unfortunately, young people sometimes make terrible choices that impact the rest of their lives. We feel very strongly that there are instances in which these choices cause a student to forfeit his or her right to attend our schools.”