Two arrested for burglary of grieving family’s home
FORT PAYNE, AL (WRCB) -- Two people have been arrested in North Alabama, charged with burglarizing a home in the Blake community while the homeowners were attending a funeral visitation for a family member.
Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Fort Payne Police Department arrested Shane Lee Henagar, 40, and Kelli Renee Thein, 29, at a Fort Payne residence early Saturday morning.
Fort Payne officers went to the residence after receiving information that an occupant there was involved in a burglary Friday night in the Blake community. The officers smelled and observed marijuana from the doorway and placed both occupants under arrest for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.
Investigators executed a search warrant and recovered several items taken in the burglary. Several pieces of jewelry, coins and medications were recovered and identified by the victims.
"I feel terrible for the victims of this crime and I'm glad to resolve it so quickly," said Sheriff Jimmy Harris. "This family was at the funeral home having visitation for their family member while their home was being robbed. The trauma of this burglary was compounded by the death of their loved one and her items being taken in this theft."
He added that he hopes the family members can get some closure and will now have time to grieve. "We appreciate the people who provided information on this crime and the quick work of the Fort Payne officers in securing the scene and making the initial arrests. Once again, this shows how much you can get done when agencies cooperate," Sheriff Harris said.
Additional charges were added Monday on both suspects.
Henagar is charged with Burglary 3rd degree, Theft of Property 2nd Degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.
Thein is charged with Receiving Stolen Property 3rd Degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.
Henagar is currently in the DeKalb County Detention Center being held on a $25,500 bond and Thein has bonds totaling $12,000. Henagar also has an issue with parole due to these new charges.