According to an affidavit from the Sharp County Clerk's office, Jason Evans, 40, was arrested after Cherokee Village officer Phillip Dunlap took a report of a home invasion burglary that occurred May 2.
During the break in, a Visa debit card belonging to Judy Martin was stolen, along with a Sony camera and some cash. When Martin went to the bank to report her card stolen, the bank told her the card had been used at an ATM in Hardy that morning, with $300 being withdrawn from the account. Martin told officers the PIN number was written on the card.
Officer Dunlap then contacted Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose, who obtained a subpoena for the bank's surveillance video. The video revealed a male subject withdrawing money. The man was later identified as Evans.
The shirt Evans was wearing during the withdrawal was recovered from a vehicle Evans was driving.
Evans was charged with residential burglary, a Class B Felony, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card.
He is currently being held in the Sharp County jail in lieu of another $50,000 cash-only bond.
The break in was one of five recent home invasions in Cherokee Village.
Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey Crook is confident arrests will be made in the other cases. He would, however, like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings, and to ensure their personal safety by making sure all windows and doors are locked when homeowners are going to be gone or asleep.
Home invasions can be dangerous if the break-ins occur when residents are present in the home.
In one Cherokee Village case, the burglar entered through a window where a fan was placed, although the doors were all locked.