An investigation into a burglary led to felony charges against a man and also the recovery of more than $20,000 worth of stolen property, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
Jonathan Dewayne Hicks, 36, Durant, has been charged with second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property. He is accused or burglarizing a home in the 200 block of Butterfield Trail.
He was arrested and charged following an investigation by deputies John Haislip and Aubrey Stanfield. Haislip was dispatched late Friday afternoon to the Butterfield Trail home where Janice Hall told him that when she arrived home, a pickup was in her driveway. A man got into the truck and drove away, the report stated, and the victim noticed the house was open, and that firearms, jewelry and coins had been stolen.
According to the report, the victim said she thought the man in the truck was the brother of someone who does housekeeping for her. During the investigation, Haislip learned of Hicks, who was living in a mobile home on Harmony Drive, the report stated.
On Saturday, Haislip and Stanfield went to the residence where they encountered Hicks. Haislip told Hicks they were investigating a burglary and asked him if there were any guns in the home, and Hicks said, “yes, they are in my room,” the report stated.
There were several long guns leaning against the wall, according to the report, and also several boxes of items Hicks said came from the burglary. Hicks was brought to the sheriff’s office for more questioning.
The affidavit states that Hicks said he was at the Butterfield Trail and had taken several items. In a written statement, Hicks said he received a phone call from a man who asked him to come to Butterfield Trail, and that when Hicks arrived, the property was already outside. Hicks wrote in the statement that the person then put the property in the truck, according to the affidavit, and that Hicks drove away when the homeowner arrived.
Deputies itemized the property before releasing it to the owners. Later that day, a tenant of the home called and said she found more stolen items. Deputy Stanfield returned to the residence and seized more property which was then returned to the rightful owners, according to the sheriff’s office.