COVINGTON - A pair of Snellville friends face burglary charges after they were reportedly caught trespassing at a home for sale recently.
Deputy James Stevens was patrolling the area of Ga. Highway 11 near the Georgia Perimeter College campus on March 25 when he noticed a pickup parked behind a vacant house, he said in an incident report.
When he pulled behind the truck, Stevens said he noticed there were several household items in the bed of the truck, which included a ceiling fan, light fixtures, a kitchen sink and copper wire.
Stevens said he then approached one of the suspects, Tonya Athena Bundrant, 45, who was sitting on some concrete steps at the residence pulling copper from a long cable wire and asked her what she was doing.
Bundrant told Stevens that she and a friend, Ricky Lamar Hutchins, 46, were at the home getting some things to scrap, according to the incident report.
Bundrant said that Hutchins had told her that the house was going to be demolished.
Hutchins was later spotted by the deputy coming out of the basement holding a large bundle of wire, Stevens said.
After contacting the real estate company that had a sign in the front yard, it was learned that no one had contacted the company and that no one had permission to be on the property.
Both Bundrant and Hutchins were subsequently taken into custody and charged with burglary and criminal trespass. Hutchins has also been charged with one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
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