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Teen detained in alleged burglary of Rex home

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Wednesday, following a probable-cause hearing in Clayton County Juvenile Court, involving the alleged burglary of a Rex home, according to authorities.

On Nov. 14, Clayton County Police responded to a report of a burglary on New Dale Road, in Rex, according to a Clayton County Police incident report.

"[The complainant] advised that he was asked by the victim to check her house while she is out of town," police said in the report. "In doing so, the complainant discovered that the rear window was broken."

A few days later, police responded to the home to meet with the alleged victim, Karen Ray. Ray told police that two laptop computers were missing from the home, according to the police report.

"I did observe the rear window to be busted out and the main alarm box tampered with," police said in the report.

Ray is a U.S. Navy Reservist, who was serving in the Middle East at the time of the reported burglary, according to Officer India Smith, a spokesperson for the police department.

Smith said a subsequent investigation revealed that a teenager was allegedly responsible for the burglary. "Because of other break-ins in the area, one detective that was working on past break-ins ... gave the name of this 14-year-old to the detective that was working the case," said Smith.

"He finally caught up with the 14-year-old ... and he [the juvenile] admitted to breaking into the house," said Smith. "The detective didn't show him the house, the 14-year-old showed him [the detective] the house," she continued.

"While riding in the car, he [teenager] pointed out another house that he had broken into earlier, and he gave specific details about how he kicked in the door," Smith said.

Wednesday, the juvenile appeared in court before Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge Steven Teske. "Today, the young man was detained, pending his next court hearing," said Adolphus Graves, detention alternative coordinator for the Clayton County Juvenile Court.

"The primary reason he was detained, today, was he had been released, prior to this incident, for a low-level misdemeanor offense," said Graves, "and this alleged action [in November] would have been a violation of that community detention order ... which is similar to a bail or bond," Graves said.

"Also, we have a policy of overrides in place for residential burglaries, because we do consider that a potentially violent crime," he said.

Graves said the next court proceeding for the juvenile will be a competency hearing, which had not yet been scheduled.

"It's going to be based on the psychologist's schedule -- based upon when we can get the competency evaluation completed," he said.

The juvenile's attorney, Jerry Drayton, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.