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Suspect charged in furniture store smash-and-grab

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A McDonough man was being held without bond in the Henry County Jail Thursday, for allegedly breaking into a local furniture store.

Rodriques Deantae Blanton, 32, is charged with burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and for being an in-state fugitive.

The suspect appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Blanton waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against him, and Judge Robert Godwin bound his charges over to Superior Court, where the suspect's bond will be set.

The incident, which led to Blanton's arrest, occurred Tuesday shortly after 8 p.m., at Ashley Furniture, store located at 1891 Jonesboro Road in McDonough, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. He said officers were dispatched to the store, in reference to a burglary-in-progress.

"A witness had observed a dark-colored Lincoln Towncar, with an open sun roof, turn its headlights off and back up to the side of the business near the door," Bolton said. "A suspect then exited the vehicle, removed an object from the vehicle's trunk, and threw it though the glass door of the business. At this point, the witness contacted 911."

The suspect, the captain continued, had entered the business, and had taken a flat-screen television from a wall inside the store, then left the scene. Bolton said a lookout was given for the suspect's vehicle, and Blanton was located near the store.

"He was stopped in the area of Ga. Highway 81 West and Mill Road," said Bolton. "The stolen television was found in the trunk of the vehicle, along with suspected burglary tools. A small amount of suspected marijuana was also located in a small plastic bag near the center console of the vehicle."

The in-state fugitive charge against Blanton stems from a charge in Clayton County, according to records from the Henry Jail. Further details on the Clayton charge were not available Thursday.