Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – The arrest of a Colcord couple for drugs has led to the solution of several burglary cases in a two county area.

Billy Dean Janes, Jr., 37 and Susan Rae Roberts, 39, both of Colcord, pled guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in district court on July 7, and both received six-year deferred sentences.

On December 8, the couple pled guilty to eight counts of larceny of domestic animals, grand larceny and knowing concealing stolen property. Both received five-year suspended sentences.

The couple was ordered to pay $13,224.14 in restitution plus court costs and fines.

According to documents filed in district court on March 16, Captain Ron Teel of the Delaware County Drug Task Force received information that there was possible drug activity in the Janes’ home.

Officers, along with the department’s drug dog, “Chico,” went to the Colcord residence where Chico alerted, signifying that there were possibly drugs inside.

A search warrant was issued and officers discovered what field-tested positive for methamphetamines and devices used for drug use.

On March 16, a report filed by Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Brownell, states he was dispatched to a Colcord residence where Cindi Adams reported her television and surround sound had been stolen and she believed Janes was involved.

On April 29, deputies were contacted by another Colcord resident, Kevin Wooten, who claimed that a compound bow, boat motor and other items had been taken from his property and he believed that Janes was involved.

Deputy Fabian Rutherford took a report of stolen cattle, a trailer and fencing items on May 26 from Clay Gilbert of the Colcord area and turned the case over to Deputy Rick Pike who was working the Wooten claim. In his report, Deputy Rutherford said Gilbert reported 15 head of cattle missing along with his trailer and fencing supplies and it was believed Janes and Roberts were both involved.

During an interview with Roberts, she disclosed her involvement in the burglaries and told Deputy Pike that some of the missing items could be found at a residence in Springdale, AR.

The couple will return to district court on January 28, 2010 at 1 p.m.