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Pair arrested for burglary, killing owner's pet

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Preston Tyler French appears before District Judge Mark Johnson June 7 for a bond hearing in a case where he and co-conspirator Jessie Earl Baney were arrested for residential burglary, theft of property and aggravated cruelty to animals, all felony charges. Photo/Tammy Curtis [Order this photo]
A pair of Cherokee Village men appeared June 7 before District Judge Mark Johnson for a bond hearing in a case where the two men are accused of breaking into a home and killing the owner's dog.

Preston Tyler French, 23, and Jessie Earl Baney, 28, both of Cherokee Village, were arrested on felony charges on June 4.

According to an affidavit for a Warrant of Arrest, Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw responded to a call regarding a possible burglary June 2 at the Larry Ratliff residence near Hardy. Ratliff explained he saw someone in a 2000 Dodge truck take a Craftsman table saw and other items belonging to Larry Vanteicher and Terry Garver during an apparent burglary at Garver's Hardy residence.

The suspect was identified as French. While Officer Traw was at the Garver residence. French called Garver, and was put on speaker phone for Traw to hear the conversation.

French admitted he had taken the property and asked Garver not to call the police, stating he would bring it back. Garver questioned French about his whereabouts, and he said he was near a tire shop at Hardy.

Traw then contacted Hardy Police Officer Ashton Hester who went to the home near the shop and made contact with French. French's truck contained the missing property. Traw asked Garver to complete a list of stolen items to compare to the items in French's truck.

Baney was with French and told Hester he was with French when he stole the items, but claimed he had not taken anything from the Garver residence. During a pat down, officers discovered Baney to be in possession of women's jewelry that was reported to be missing from the home.

It was later discovered the two had also killed Garver's dog, which was inside the home at the time of the burglary.

Both were arrested and charged with residential burglary, a Class B felony, theft of property, a Class C felony and aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class D felony.

Johnson set French's bond at $25,000 cash or professional, and Baney's bond was set at $15,000. The two are to appear before Circuit Judge Harold Erwin June 26 in Sharp County Circuit Court.

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