A couple has been charged with burglary following an investigation by the sheriff’s office and a traffic stop by Durant Police.
David Shawn Blackwell, 41, and Jennifer Lee Blackwell, 32, are charged with second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
Friday, deputies were contacted about a vacant house in the 5100 block of Church Road in the Lakewood Ranchettes area that had been burglarized again. Kimberly Lamar, the victim, told Sheriff’s Capt. Gene West that appliances and other items had been taken. She said a camera showed a truck with cardboard on the back window which was pulling a trailer.
West and Sgt. Jason Bannowsky were en route to the location when the victim called and said she saw the suspect vehicle on Highway 70 going toward Durant. West contacted a dispatcher and asked for a Durant officer to make contact with the suspects.
Officer Jesse Petty stopped the vehicle in front of Whataburger, according to the report, and when deputies arrived, they made contact with Mr. Blackwell. Sgt. Bannowsky observed scrap metal, a table and chairs plus a stove on the trailer.
Blackwell said the items had been given to him, the report stated, and when asked if he had been to a “house scrapping” where he did not have permission, he said he hadn’t.
He was advised of the burglary that morning and the photos of his vehicle. Blackwell then said he had been to the house and that he understood from his wife that they had permission to be there, the report stated. He then said he was unemployed and needed to feed his family, and admitted to selling the items at a scrap yard.
Bannowsky then spoke with Mrs. Blackwell who said she had been given permission to take the items, the report stated. Two children were with them and Mr. Blackwell was allowed to contact a family member to pick up the children.
The Blackwells were booked into the Bryan County Jail.