Thursday, January 19, 2006

Two arrested for bank burglary

Staff Writer

Two men from the Mt. Pleasant area were arrested Tuesday last week and charged Wednesday in connection with the burglary of First State Bank at Mt. Pleasant, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

Rickey Dale Mackey, 26, and Cevin R. Walker, 29, were charged following a day-long investigation of the break-in that occurred sometime after midnight Tuesday, Jan. 10, he said.

Bond for each of the suspects was set at $20,000. Dickerson said he expected the men to make bond Wednesday. The case will go before a future grand jury, he said.

“They were officially charged with burglary of a commercial building January 11, 2006, in Marshall County Justice Court,” he said.

Dickerson personally lead the investigation and thanked all who helped work the all-day investigation and community members who offered confidential information that aided investigators in collecting evidence.

“I certainly appreciate the work my officers did on it,” he said. “These men under my command did a professional and outstanding job in carrying out assignments I gave them. And I thank those who gave confidential information that lead to the completion of the investigation and arrests.”

One of the suspects had previously worked at the pallet factory and was actually the operator of the front-end loader that was used to attempt to remove the outside ATM money machine from the bank, Dickerson said.

“We have reason to believe that one suspect dropped the other off to get the front-end loader and was supposed to get back together with him. Somehow things didn’t pan out.

“Our belief is the suspect intended to haul the ATM away to another location and then take the money in the machine.”

Conviction for burglary of a commercial building of this nature carries a maximum penalty in state court of seven years, he said.

Investigators recovered a roughly sketched hand-drawn map from a garbage bag at a residence that Dickerson believes will be a key piece of evidence if the case goes to trial.

He said the sketch details the layout of Pallet Source, the general buildings and streets in the area of the bank and the route the suspects intended to go with the front-end loader to the bank.

“Even though it was roughly drawn by hand, it was detailed and matched factually the area and route the front-end loader took to the bank,” Dickerson said.

An agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation helped with the investigation.

“I appreciate the FBI’s help and the community’s involvement in the investigation. Both were most helpful in collecting evidence and putting it together,” he said.

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