Last week, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported a burglary along the 100 block of Killdeer Circle.
Neighbors told deputies they observed two African American males walk behind the residence with a white female pacing back and forth on the front driveway. The neighbors said after a few minutes they observed all three running to a parked blue Pontiac G6 with one male carrying a television.
Within minutes, Troy Police Department pulled over the suspects along North Lincoln Drive. Deputies identified the occupants as 26-year-old Montrel Burton, of Mexico, 23-year-old Justin Shelton, of Fulton, and 32-year-old Heather Early, of Mexico. The occupants were taken into custody.
All three were charged with felony Stealing.
Investigators went back to the burglary and spoke with area witnesses. According to one witness, Heather Early approached him in the parking lot, near the burglary, and asked if he could help find her lost puppy in a nearby tree line.
As the witness approached the tree line, Early yelled the dog was chipped and he no longer needed to search for the dog.
Another witness told investigators he observed two African American males in backyard of the burglarized residence with one putting on blue latex gloves. The witness also stated Early quickly approached him when he went out to smoke asking him to help find her lost dog. She then left and returned saying her dog was found while talking on her phone the entire time.
Investigators found blue latex gloves on the floorboard of the Early’s vehicle on the day of the arrest.
Both witnesses picked Early out of a photo lineup.
Early, Burton and Shelton are charged with additional felony Second Degree Burglary under a $50,000 cash only bond. All three are currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail. Other conditions of bond may apply.