Pair jailed for theft, burglaries
Published 10:27 am Saturday, December 3, 2016
Two people are behind bars for a rash of burglaries in the northern part of Covington County.
Covington County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Anderson said that earlier this year, Investigator Jerry Fields received information that there were burglaries in the north end of the county.
Fields identified two suspects, Christopher J. Henry, 40, of Dozier and Julie Y. Wright, 37, of Opp.
“Jerry put together a good case,” he said.
The pair was charged with one count of burglary III each and one count of theft of property IV each in September.
Anderson said the pair made bond less than a week after being jailed.
Then, a new rash of burglaries outside of the Opp area, near Friendship, began.
Investigator Kevin Wise was able to develop information on the pair from field work by patrol deputies Al McGraw and Kody Taylor.
“They ID’d Henry and Wright as the suspects in those burglaries,” Anderson said. “Subsequently, Investigator Kevin Wise, along with Drug Task Force Agents Greg Jackson and Nathan Frank went to a residence on County Road 30, north of Opp, and located Henry and Wright, as well as numerous items of stolen property.”
Anderson said that Wise and Fields were able to identify property stolen during a number of burglaries in Covington County and one in the city of Elba.
The pair allegedly stole firearms, farm equipment, hunting equipment, framing tools, carpenter tools.
“Basically anything that wasn’t tied down,” Anderson said.
Investigators charged Henry with five counts of burglary III, three counts of theft of property I, one count of theft II, two counts of possession of burglary tools and one count of criminal mischief II. He is being held in the Covington County Jail on a $153,000. His bond for September’s arrest was revoked.
Wright is being charged with two counts of burglary III, one count of theft of property I, one count of theft of property II, two counts of possession of burglary tools.
She is being held on an $83,000 bond for these charges and her previous bond was revoked.
Anderson said both suspects have criminal histories.
According to Star-News archives, Henry was also arrested in August 2016, for possession of marijuana second and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was also arrested in Sept. 2, 2016 for theft by deception fourth.
According to Star-News records, Wright was arrested Oct. 18, 2015 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, attempting to elude, theft of property third and reckless driving.
She was also arrested in August for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana first.
Sheriff Dennis Meeks commended the work of his officers.
“I am very proud of all the patrol deputies and investigators did,” he said. “They all did an outstanding job of diligently pursuing getting these people off the streets. We will not tolerate burglaries or thefts in this county.”