Quick thinking by Starkville Police Department patrol officers helped solve a Sunday night burglary within two days of the incident.
Two suspects â€” Clayton Butler, 23, of 215 Louisville St., Apt. 7, and Kendrick Harvey, 20, of the same address â€” were charged early Tuesday morning in the Sunday break-in at 213 N. Washington St.
Harvey was charged with burglary, while Butler was charged with receiving stolen property. Harvey remains jailed on a $25,000 bond, while Butler was released Wednesday on a $5,000 bond.
Their roommates â€” Cameron L. Robinson, 19, and Tony Armstead, 35 â€” were also arrested early Tuesday morning on charges unrelated to the burglary incident. Robinson was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and Armstead was arrested on outstanding warrants for various traffic and other misdemeanor offenses. Both were released on Tuesday on misdemeanor bonds.
The burglary in which Butler and Harvey are charged was reported at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, said SPD Sgt. Chadd Garnett on Wednesday. Two bicycles, an XBox 360 video game system and two video games were taken by the suspects, Garnett said.
The suspects entered the victimsâ€™ Washington Street home through a back door believed to have been left unlocked, which they left open after leaving the house, Garnett said.
Late Monday night, patrol officers spotted Butler riding a bicycle matching the description of one of the two that had been stolen.
Butler was stopped and interviewed, and the victims, when contacted, identified the bicycle as one of those stolen from their home, Garnett said.
Butler and his roommates gave officers consent to search their Louisville Street apartment early Tuesday morning, and the stolen XBox system was recovered, Garnett said. The second bicycle taken in the break-in has not yet been located, Garnett said.
Harvey confessed to the burglary, according to Municipal Court affidavits.
â€śThis case was solved due to the diligent work of the patrol officers in doing field interviews and being alert. They did a good job, Garnett said.