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Residential burglary

Residential burglary charges were formally filed last week against a Booneville man, a Havana man and a Magazine woman in a case in which a caller told a Booneville Police Department dispatcher they had witnessed a break-in at a West Fifth Street residence.

The witness told the dispatcher one male had first tried to gain access to the home via the front door then saw a woman assist a man in entering through a window at about 10 a.m. on Oct. 2.

When they arrived officers found Thomas Eugene Self, 35, of Booneville, James Robert Lane, 32, of Havana, and Kimberly Nicole Ortiz, 28, of Magazine, in the home.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit BPD Chief Al Brown witnessed one man slinging things around a bedroom and the second man was in the kitchen.

The homeowner arrived to find her sister, Ortiz, in the home and said she did not have permission to be there.

The homeowner also identified two black bags of items that were out of place and included children’s DVD players and a knife belonging to her husband. When Ortiz was searched at the police department three jewelry pieces were found which the victim identified as hers.

The homeowner said the items in the second bag did not belong in her home.

Residential burglary is a class B felony punishable upon conviction by five to 20 years in prison and or a fine of up to $15,000.

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