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2003 saddle thefts solved

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Staff Writer

A commercial burglary that has remained unsolved for a year and a half now has two suspects.

Johnny Wayne Jenkins, 48, of Evening Shade was charged June 3 with theft of property, a class B felony; residential burglary, a class B felony; and commercial burglary, a class C felony after he allegedly stole six saddles from the Boot and Saddle shop in Agnos Dec. 29, 2003.

Jenkins has also been charged with four other residential burglaries in the area.

According to an affidavit released by the Fulton County Clerk's Office, Jenkins and an accomplice broke into the Boot and Saddle Shop using a screwdriver to pry open the front door.

The six saddles, valued at $3,000, were found Feb. 29 near Alton, Mo., by Oregon County deputy Eric King.

The affidavit states that Jenkins and the same accomplice broke into residences in Oxford, Camp, Ash Flat and Cherokee Village.

Items taken included guns, knives and a television. Entry into the homes was similar to the method used to gain entry into the Boot and Saddle Shop. One of the houses was unlocked.

The affidavit states that after his arrest, Jenkins admitted to stealing some of the property. He said he and his cohort looked for abandoned houses and sifted through the "junk" that was left behind. He denied stealing the guns.

Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz said there was a possible connection between Jenkins and Leavy D. Moore, a man convicted of stealing four saddles from the Circle H Saddle Shop, in Hardy. He said the final report on the case would be completed in a few days.

Bond for Jenkins was set at $10,000. He posted bond June 3. Charges are pending against Jenkins' accomplice in the burglaries.



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