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Almost $50,o00 In Jewelry, Cash Taken From Residence

A Booneville man is facing charges as a habitual offender in connection with a residential burglary in which almost $50,000 in cash and jewelry, was reported stolen.

A Barling woman has also been charged in the case.

When questioned, Jordan Kennedy, 19, told investigators she did not have a part in the burglary of the Callahan Road residence east of Booneville. Kennedy admitted that her boyfriend showed her items taken in the robbery but said he never showed her any money.

Kennedy is charged with theft by receiving, a Class B felony punishable upon conviction by five to 20 years in prison and or a fine of up to $15,000.

Kennedy’s boyfriend, Jeffery Burke, 20, was questioned by investigators but declined to speak, according to court documents. However, court documents indicated Burke will be a co-defendant in the case.

Burke, court documents show, will be charged with residential burglary and theft of property. Both charges area Class B felonies punishable upon conviction by five to 20 years in prison and or a fine of up to $15,000. Burke will also be treated as a habitual offender due to having three prior felony convictions.

Reported missing from the home was about $6,000 in cash besides a custom made princess cut diamond ring which was appraised in 2008 for $29,650. Also taken were several watches, rings and an earring and several gold chains, which had apparently been damaged.

The items were found in the possession of Kennedy and Burke when they were taken into custody in Montgomery County, court documents show.

The owners of the items and others — a Crown Royal bag full of rolled coins, gold coins and other change along with a travel bag were seized at Burke’s mother’s home near the burglarized residence — when the woman who owned the jewelry asked her husband for cash to make a trip to the grocery store.

The husband said he assumed she had already been in his wallet, judging from the amount of missing money. They then found many other items missing from their home.

With a warrant out for Burke, investigators went to his mother’s home, but he was not there. The mother would reveal, however, Burke had purchased two cell phones and left behind the packaging and a receipt for $454.99 while they were at his mother’s home before leaving for Kennedy’s mother’s home in Montgomery County.

Burke’s mother later provided cell phone numbers for Burke and Kennedy.

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