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Henry man jailed in apartment-burglary case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A McDonough man was being held in the Henry County Jail Friday on $25,000 bond, for allegedly stealing $2,100 of electronic items from an apartment in McDonough.

Marcus Louis Smith, 22, is charged with burglary. He appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, represented by the Public Defender's Office, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case.

Judge Robert Godwin bound the suspect's case over to Henry County Superior Court.

The alleged burglary occurred June 9, at an apartment on Bainbridge Drive in McDonough, according to a report by Henry County Police Officer Robert Ruark. The report states that police were dispatched to the area at approximately 5 p.m., after a resident reported a break-in.

The resident, said Ruark, left his home at 5 a.m., on the day of the incident.

"When he returned home at [5:15 p.m.], he discovered someone had broken into his apartment and stole several items," the officer wrote. "I observed the apartment had been ransacked."

Ruark added that a sliding glass door at the rear of the apartment had been forced open. The stolen items included a 42-inch, RCA, flat-screen television, a Kodak digital camera, a Panasonic camcorder, a printer, a DVD player, an MP3 player and a navigation system.

Police reportedly connected Smith to the case, after the suspect tried to pawn the stolen television set, according to a warrant application by Henry Detective Michael Briggs. Smith was arrested by Henry County Police Friday.

"[Smith] confessed when asked about the burglary," Briggs wrote in the warrant application. A future court date for the suspect has not been set.