Teens charged in McDonough burglary case

By Jason A. Smith


Two McDonough teenagers were being held in the Henry County Jail on Monday, on $25,000 bond each, after being accused of stealing electronic items from a local home.

Clarence Bernard Williams, 19, and Timothy Leon Moore, Jr., 17, are each charged with burglary. They appeared Monday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office, and waived their rights to preliminary hearings.

Judge Robert Godwin bound the charges against both teens over to Henry County Superior Court.

The break-in reportedly took place April 8, at a home on Edgewater Trace in McDonough, between 9:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m., according to McDonough Police Detective Mark Fellows. The detective said that after returning home, the homeowner, who is acquainted with one of the suspects, called 911 to report a burglary.

"In the subsequent investigation, [the victim] believed it was Moore who committed the burglary," Fellows said. "There was a shoeprint found outside the door. I made contact with Mr. Moore, and his shoe has a similar pattern as that from the mud."

Fellows did not release details on how Williams was reportedly connected to the case.

The teens, according to warrants obtained by Fellows, are accused of entering the home by kicking in a door. They then are alleged to have removed a 42-inch LG television, a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, a Samsung digital camera, a wireless adapter and a Dish Network remote control. Some of the items, according to the detective, have been located.

"We identified who the TV and the laptop computer had been sold to, and recovered those two items," Fellows said. "They had been sold to individuals, both here in the city limits of McDonough."

A warrant was issued on Thursday for Moore, and on Friday for Williams. Neither suspect, Fellows added, made a statement to police. Instead, each asked for lawyers to represent them. The investigation, he continued, is ongoing.