A Booneville woman has been formally charged with the commercial burglary of a local business.
Crystal Marie Lane, 27, is accused of breaking the front glass of the Subway franchise at 1401 East Main Street just before 2 a.m. on April 15, then entering the eatery and exiting with a cash box containing an estimated $272.
Restaurant owners told police only an employee or former employee would have known where the cash box was located, despite the suspect wearing what appeared to be a black stocking over the head and face and a green toboggan, they believed it was Lane, who is captured on a video of the crime. Lane had apparently left the store in March.
Lane was interviewed on April 18 at the Sebastian County jail and, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, she agreed to a polygraph in Booneville on April 29.
During the polygraph examination on May 1, the affidavit states, she was shown to be untruthful in questions concerning the break-in at the restaurant.
Seized from a vehicle belonging to Lane’s husband, Zachary Lane, were two black stockings and seized from their home during the execution of a search warrant was a sweatshirt that appeared to be similar to one worn by the individual who entered the Subway store, the affidavit adds.
Like Crystal Lane, her husband has denied involvement in the incident, but Zachary Lane has refused to consent to an interview, the affidavit states.
The affidavit also states that a confidential source told of another individual the borrowing of a splitting maul and that the borrower indicated it was used to break out the glass at the Subway.
Also interviewed in the case was a juvenile who told police he was asked to babysit the Lanes children and that he was at their home while the Lanes and the individual accused of borrowing the maul, were gone for several hours, returning at 3 or 4 a.m. on April 15.
Crystal Lane is charged with commercial burglary, a Class C felony punishable upon conviction by three to 10 years in prison, and or a $10,000 fine. She is also charged with misdemeanor theft of property.