Man sought in burglary sting

Published 12:05 am Saturday, May 30, 2015

Two men are in custody and another is on the run from local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshal’s for their alleged involvement in a string of burglaries in two counties.

Law enforcement officials are actively searching for Demetriyunte Smith, 21, of Opp, also known as TeTe.



Smith is being sought for charges related to a burglary at a home on Potter Road north of Opp.

His alleged accomplices, James Danshay Edwards, 27, and Oljauwon Oneal Hines, 20, were taken into custody on Thursday for their involvement.

On Thursday, Covington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the home, and while en route to the scene, the Opp Police Department discovered that the suspects had pawned some of the items at a local pawn shop in Opp.

Police were able to identify a suspect and the vehicle in which they were traveling.

The vehicle was located at the Super C convenience store on Hwy 331 South.

When officers approached the vehicle, Smith fled on foot.

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Police were able to apprehend Edwards and Hines at the store.

The pair were charged with receiving stolen property I and placed in the county jail.

Investigator Wesley Snodgrass told the Star-News on Friday that additional charges have been brought against Hines and Edwards, including unlawful possession of marijuana II and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

“(Smith) has active warrants for his arrest for the same three charges,” Snodgrass said. “Additionally, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.”

Snodgrass said the vehicle contained stolen property that was in plain view and investigators recovered numerous long guns and jewelry from the car. The items found were identified as being stolen from the Potter Road residence.

Marijuana and counterfeit money were also found in a safe in the car’s trunk.

A loaded handgun was found within reach of the occupants of the vehicle.

Additionally, the suspects are wanted in Coffee County for as many as 22 burglaries and numerous burglaries in Covington County.

“The other two fellows are still in jail,” Snodgrass said. “They will be facing charges in Coffee County. I can’t speak to that because it’s Coffee County.”

Edwards and Hines are being held without bond.