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Four charged in Henry burglary cases

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Three of four suspects were being held Friday in the Henry County Jail on $10,000 bond each, for allegedly breaking into local homes.

Marcelino Cortes, 29, of Riverdale, and Edward Lloyd Blackwell, 59, of Hampton, are each charged with two counts of burglary. Carlos Milton Hernandez-Martinez, 28, of Forest Park, and Salvador Fernandez Sanchez, 46, of Charlotte, N.C., are each charged with one count of the crime.

Blackwell was released from the jail Friday on $25,000 bond, according to Henry Sheriff's Chief Deputy David McCart.

The suspects were arrested Thursday, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said the four men unlawfully entered a home, that is owned by the county, on Hampton-Locust Grove Road.

"[The suspects] began to disassemble a ceiling fan and fireplace insert inside the residence," Bolton said. "Henry County Fire Dept. Capt. [Robby] Russell arrived at the location to conduct an inspection, and located the defendants inside the residence. Police responded to the scene and took the defendants into custody."

Police who investigated the case, the captain added, later connected two of the suspects to another burglary which occurred the same day, on the same street where they were apprehended.

"It was discovered that Blackwell and [Cortes] had also entered the residence ..., owned by the county, and took parts to a gas stove, and placed them into a vehicle owned by Blackwell."

The suspects appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, before Judge David Brown, who reset preliminary hearings for all four men for May 13, to give them time to hire defense attorneys.