A DeKalb County man was arrested last Tuesday, July 27th after a witness spotted him at the scene of a burglary in progress in the Jefferson Community
25 year old Edward Lee Judkins, Jr. of Jefferson Road is charged with theft of property over $500, aggravated burglary, and vandalism less than $500.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray the witness apparently noticed a strange vehicle at the residence on Jefferson Road, stopped to investigate, and saw Judkins running away. Officers were notified and quickly arrived on the scene and found that someone had broken the door glass and made entry into the home. A weedeater, chainsaw, some horse drawn equipment (double tree), and an axe were taken from the home and loaded onto Judkins'vehicle.
Judkins was later arrested and charged in the case.
Meanwhile in a separate investigation, Judkins has been charged with criminal impersonation and leaving the scene of an accident, which occurred last month.
According to Sheriff Ray, a deputy was called to investigate a two vehicle wreck on Creek Road in the Keltonburg Community on July 12th. One of the persons involved in the accident told the officer that the driver of the other vehicle, who called himself Joe, left the scene. He was later identified in a photo line-up as Edward Lee. Judkins, Jr.
Total bond for Judkins in all the cases is $22,000 and his court date is August 5th.
Meanwhile, Judkins' grandfather, 74 year old John Allen Judkins, Sr. of Jefferson Road, Smithville has been charged with assault as a result of the burglary investigation involving his grandson. Bond for Judkins is $1,000. He was also issued a citation for failure to stop, halt, and frisk.
According to Sheriff Ray, while the deputy was enroute to investigate the July 27th burglary involving Edward Lee Judkins, he came upon a vehicle near the crime scene, occupied by John Judkins and other Judkins family members.
Knowing that Edward Lee, Jr. was a suspect in the burglary, the officer stopped the Judkins vehicle to make sure he wasn't in there. After making the traffic stop, John Judkins allegedly became upset. He began cussing and then raised his walking cane in a threatening manner toward the officer. John Judkins was arrested and charged as a result of the incident. Edward Lee Judkins, Jr. was not in the vehicle.
Meanwhile, in other crime news, 24 year old Amy Lynett Knowles of Jacobs Pillar Road, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance for sale and delivery under a sealed indictment returned by the April term of the Grand Jury. Her bond is $30,000. She was arrested on Monday, July 26th.