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Cousins charged in burglary

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Dustin Dawson of Salem said even though a lot has been returned, he still has not gotten back everything that was recently stolen from his residence.

Jan. 12 cousins Billy Griggs, 35, and Joey Griggs, 32, allegedly broke into three sheds, a truck and a child's clubhouse on Dawson's property in Fulton County, stealing over $10,500 worth of merchandise and causing over $1,500 worth of damage, according to authorities.

Dawson said among some of the merchandise stolen was a chain saw, tile saw, new Craftsman tool box, spotting scope, laser scope, range finder, a knife worth over $200, about $3,000 worth of fishing equipment and multiple guns.

"They (the thieves) took a DVD and CD player, camp stove ... a few things that aren't just real expensive," Dawson said. "But they broke into my daughter's clubhouse to get it. They took a bunch of stuff she had just gotten for Christmas."

Fulton County Deputy Jason Martin said Arkansas State Police Special Investigator Wendell Jines arrested the two men for drug related charges Jan. 18; at the time of their arrest, the men had two of Dawson's guns in their possession.

Martin said he interviewed the men on Jan. 20, and both men gave written statements detailing the burglary.

Besides stealing from his daughter, Dawson said what upset him most was the cousins' reason for taking his belongings. "They traded my (stolen goods) for drugs," he said. "Jason (Martin) said that whenever (Billy and Joey Griggs) were arrested they had nine grams of some kind of dope -- something with a street value of $1,500."

Following their interviews both Billy Griggs and Joey Griggs were charged with breaking and entering and theft of property.

Joey Griggs was released from the Fulton County Jail Feb. 7 after paying a $7,500 bond. As of press time, Billy Griggs was still being held in the Fulton County Jail.

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