OREGON COUNTY -- A Beaumont, Texas, man was arraigned in Oregon County Court Aug. 13 on 12 class C felony stealing charges.
According to reports from Oregon County Sheriff's Office and the prosecuting attorney's office, Kelly Graves appeared with his attorney Bill Perkins before Judge Jo Beth Prewitt in the bond reduction hearing. Graves' bond, originally set at $20,000, was lowered to $5,000 by Prewitt.
Graves posted bond.
The case against Graves stems from an incident that occurred at AAA Title Loans in Thayer Oct. 4, 2001.
Graves, 48, called the Thayer Police Department and said he had been robbed.
Graves told officer George Manes that two white males, one armed with a large blue revolver, asked Graves to place car titles and other notebooks in a bag.
The larger man asked if there was a cash box and instructed Graves to also place it in the bag, Graves said.
Graves said the two men left the building and started a loud vehicle that was parked behind the store.
Graves told Manes that the two men took one black three-ring notebook containing car titles, two white three-ring notebooks containing complete loan applications and one gray or beige notebook-style lock box containing approximately $2,800 in cash.
Manes said in a probable cause statement that on Oct. 10 he made contact with Graves at AAA Loans. It was at this time the officer asked Graves for a list of missing titles and Graves agreed to supply the list in a few days.
The next week Manes returned to pick up the list of stolen titles and Graves said he had been busy and it would take him a few more days. Manes said this went on until he contacted the main office and notified them that Graves had yet to give him any list of the stolen items. Manes said that same day he received information pertaining to the robbery.
Officer Manes alleges that Graves made 19 different loans on nine different dates with no evidence to back them up. He said the loans totaled $14,951.
Graves is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 10 in Oregon County Court.