Exeter couple face felony charges

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kovanda, Homewood charged with felony burglary, stealing

Official charges have been filed against a couple accused of breaking into an Exeter home on Feb. 12.

Preston Kovanda, 25, and Megan Homewood, 28, have each been charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and stealing, a class A misdemeanor. According to Missouri Revised Statue, a class B felony carries between 5-15 years in prison, and a class A misdemeanor carries up to one year.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said three children were removed from the home, and investigators also found a small amount of methamphetamine, less than a gram. He said charges against the two may be amended at a later time to include the alleged findings.

Kovanda and Homewood were arrestedon Feb. 18 at 201 Oak St. in Exeter after allegedly breaking through the garage and three doors to gain access to a 73-year-old woman's home on Farm Road 1085. The two are accused of stealing frozen meats and tools, and the homeowner allegedly drew a pistol on Kovanda, forcing him to flee to a nearby vehicle.

Epperly said the two may have also stolen items from Walmart, or bought items at the store via credit cards that did not belong to Kovanda nor Homewood.

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