A man and woman are facing multiple charges after police allegedly caught them in the act of burglarizing the home of a recently deceased person.
Robert Anthony Marlowe, 31, of Loyall, and Jessica Amburgey, 25, of Baxter, were arrested by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford on Saturday.
“After receiving a tip earlier in the week of a house being broken into, I contacted the next of kin who is in charge of taking care of the house,” Lunsford said. “He came down (to the house) and went through some stuff…and we wrote down some of the items he noticed were missing.”
According to Lunsford, the owner of the home has been deceased approximately one month. Lunsford and Loyall City Police Officer Mitch Alford watched the house for a few hours in the early morning hours on Saturday.
“The burglary started Wednesday night, and there was another on Thursday night,” Lunsford said. “We decided to wait on Friday night because we knew that he would be back because they were in the process of moving the stuff out of the house.”
Lunsford said he and Alford watched the house from approximately 1 a.m. until 3:45 a.m. on Saturday.
“We saw Marlowe and Amburgey, actually dressed up in dark clothing – hoodies – coming by with a small suitcase and a big green duffel bag,” Lunsford said. “They went to the rear of the house where they’d been making an entry, so we moved over there and waited on them.”
Lunsford said the pair were in the house for nearly two hours.
“Instead of coming out the back, they decided to tear the screen out of the front window,” said Lunsford. “We had to physically get them out of the house. During the process, we noticed they had loaded the suitcase and duffel bag.”
Lunsford said the items the pair had taken totaled approximately $1,500.
“She also had some prescription drugs…that she claimed she got in the house,” Lunsford said. “After we lodged them in the jail we went to Marlowe’s residence, which we had gotten consent to search. There, we confiscated an additional $1,500 to $2,000 worth of property.”
Lunsford said the property confiscated included a variety of items such as tools, jewelry and clothing.
Marlowe was charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol) and persistent felony offender I. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond.
Amburgey was charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, public intoxication by controlled substance (excludes alcohol), theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance under $10,000 and possession of burglary tools. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $20,000 full cash bond.
Lunsford said additional charges are possible.
Harlan City Police Officers Scott Bailey and Branden Watts assisted with the arrest.
In other police activity:
• Crystal K. Rogers, 51, of New Tazewell, Tennessee, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Friday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Pope. Rogers was indicted for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender II. She was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full cash bond;
• Lonnie Collins, 40, of Baxter, was arrested on an indictment warrant on Thursday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope. Collins was indicted for first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $2,500 full cash bond.
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