By Jason A. Smith
Two men were being held, Tuesday, in the Henry County Jail for allegedly stealing lawn-care equipment from a Clayton County police lieutenant, according to police and the alleged victim.
Kenneth Amos Culpepper, 20, of Hampton, and J. Robert William Ormond, 21, of Locust Grove, are each charged with burglary of the McDonough home of Scott Stubbs, 42, a lieutenant with the Clayton County Police Department's School Resource Officer program.
Culpepper and Ormond appeared Monday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Robert Godwin set bond for the men at $2,500 each, and bound their cases over to Superior Court.
The alleged victim, police reported, also is Culpepper's former stepfather.
Culpepper, Stubbs said, has not lived in his house since December of 2006, and had "no business" being there on the day of the alleged burglary.
Celena Shore, Culpepper's mother, said she was "disappointed, hurt and numb" when she heard about her son's arrest.
Stubbs and Shore each said they did not know Ormond personally.
Henry County police said the pair allegedly took a Black & Decker hedge clipper, a Black & Decker Edge Hog, a John Deere trimmer and a five-gallon gas can with gas inside it, from a shed on Stubbs' property. The total value of the items was $280, according to a police report of the incident.
"A neighbor saw them take the items and called police," Henry County Police Sgt. Rene Swanson said. Police said the call came in around 1:15 p.m., Sunday, as a burglary in progress.
Henry County Police Officer Randy Allen, who filed the report of the incident, said the suspects were seen walking around a house on North Oakland Circle. The suspects then reportedly put something in a white Ford Escort station wagon, left in the vehicle heading east on Ga. Highway 81 West, and were stopped by Allen and another officer.
"I asked Mr. Culpepper where he was coming from, and he stated from his stepfather's house and said his stepfather is Scott Stubbs," Allen wrote. "I made contact with [Stubbs] and asked him to meet me at my location. Mr. Stubbs then arrived and stated that he knew Mr. Culpepper."
Stubbs told police he had "not seen Culpepper in years," prior to the alleged burglary, said Swanson.
Swanson said the items were recovered and returned to the lieutenant.
Public Defender Gary Bowman could not be reached for comment.