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Suspect charged in
Stockbridge burglary case
Second person wanted for alleged TV theft

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A local teen has been arrested for allegedly stealing a television from a Stockbridge home, and police said they have a warrant for the arrest of a second suspect.

Kelvin Devon Corley, Jr., 17, of Stockbridge, is charged with one count of burglary.

The incident reportedly took place on Aug. 18, shortly after 9 p.m., at a home on Estates Avenue in Stockbridge. According to a Henry County Police report completed by Officer Kelly Horne, the alleged victim, Ira Butler, told authorities he had accidentally neglected to lock his door when he left home.

Butler reportedly discovered he had been burglarized when he returned, according to Horne's report.

"When he arrived home, he found his LG 37-inch flat-screen TV missing," Horne wrote in the report. "Mr. Butler advised that the ... TV was the only item missing from his residence."

According to Horne's report, the estimated value of the television is $2,000. No sign of forced entry was detected at the home, according to police.

Horne wrote that he conducted a canvas of the neighborhood, during which he encountered a witness who lives near where the alleged burglary took place.

The witness "stated when he arrived home, he noticed two young white male subjects standing outside next to his residence," Horne wrote. The witness "advised that one of the males had blonde hair and [was] wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans. The second subject had dark hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt and brown shorts."

Horne wrote that while the witness was unable to identify the two men by name, he "stated he had seen them in the neighborhood before."

Police began an investigation, resulting in an arrest warrant being issued for Corley on Wednesday. He was apprehended Thursday.

Henry County Police Sgt. Robert Savage said authorities are still searching for the second suspect, whose name was not released.

"While one person is in custody at this time, a warrant has been secured for [the unnamed individual], which has yet to be executed," Savage said.

Corley, who has no previous criminal history, appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Robert Godwin set his bond at $20,000, and bound the charge against him over to Superior Court.