Teenager surrenders, others wanted in burglary case

By Jason A. Smith


A Clayton County teenager was being held in the Henry County Jail Wednesday, and more suspects are being sought, for allegedly breaking into an acquaintance's home while the resident was on vacation.

Authorities said the suspects attempted to steal several items from the victim, but left without the items when police arrived at the scene.

Deborah Rena Bibbins, 17, of Jonesboro, is charged with burglary. She appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday, and waived her right to a preliminary hearing in the case. Judge Wesley Shannon set Bibbins' bond at $5,000, and bound her case over to Superior Court.

A police report by Officer Felicia Henley states that two Jonesboro females, Jennifer Jones and Rena Taylor, are also suspects in the case.

No records were available from the Henry County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, regarding arrest warrants or additional information on Jones and Taylor.

Henry County Police responded on June 2, at 12:30 p.m., to a "burglary in progress" call at a residence on Hennepin Trace in McDonough. Officer Henley's report says that when police arrived at the scene, they found boxes in the garage area of the home, and near the back door, and a white van in the garage.

"The doors to the residence were not broken," the officer wrote. "The window to the den area appears to be point of entry ..."

Police then called the victim, who was on vacation in Florida, Henley wrote.

"[The victim] stated she received a telephone call around 12:15 ... from Rena Taylor," Henley wrote. "[The victim] stated she needed to meet with her when she got home to get the suspect's belongings."

The victim reportedly received two more "suspicious" calls from other individuals, who asked when she was going to be home.

"[The victim] advised the three telephone calls were received within a five-minute period, and she telephoned police to check her residence," Henley continued.

The officer wrote that the victim knew Jones and Bibbins personally, adding that the suspects damaged her vehicle while they were on vacation in Miami, Fla., on May 31. "While they were visiting the area, ... Ms. Jones and Ms. Bibbins busted out her vehicle windows," Henley added.

The victim reportedly filed a police report with authorities in Miami, and returned home separately from Jones and Bibbins. However, Henley wrote, the suspects made a threat against the victim during the vacation.

"Ms. Bibbins and Ms. Jones advised her .... they were going to burglarize her home, but did not give her an exact date or time," the officer wrote.

Henry Police applied to obtain an arrest warrant for Bibbins Tuesday. In the warrant application, Detective Wayne Bender said that Bibbins opened the garage door of the victim's home, allowing ... other individuals to enter the house.

"Once inside, they removed two flat-screen TVs, a Wii console, jewelry and prescription drugs, to the garage, where their vehicle was parked," Bender wrote. "Upon arrival of police, [they] fled the scene, leaving behind the vehicle and the items they were in the process of stealing."

A warrant was issued for Bibbins' arrest Tuesday. She turned herself in to the Henry County Jail Wednesday, according to jail records.