Aurora suspects face burglary charges

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Holmes, Lands have disposition hearings March 26

The Barry County Prosecuting Office has charged a man and a woman from Aurora with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection to the March 5 burglary of a Purdy residence.

Melissa Holmes, 32, and Darryl Lands, 34, are each facing charges of second-degree burglary, class C felonies, stealing, class C felonies, and second-degree property damage, a class B misdemeanor.

On March 5, Holmes and Lands allegedly entered the residence of Brian Folsom, on State Highway C in Purdy, by forcing open the entry door to the home, causing damage to the door, according to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Robert Evenson of the Barry County Sheriff's Office. They also allegedly forced open and damaged the door to a storage building located at the same address.

"Folsom was not home at the time, does not know Holmes and Lands and did not give permission for them to take any property," Evenson said in the affidavit.

At 5:28 p.m., Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe was dispatched to the area to check on a report of suspicious activities by a male and a female, Evenson said. Lowe made contact with Holmes and Lands, who were carrying property away from the area of the Folsom home, and they claimed the items belonged to them. The property included an HP laptop computer, an Xbox 360, multiple DVD movies, clothing, a 47-inch Insignia TV, a cable box and a tablet computer.

"Not having any reports of stolen property matching this property, Lowe allowed Holmes and Lands to go on their way," Evenson said.

"Later the same evening, a citizen reported to Purdy Police Officer [Russ] Nichols that Holmes and Lands had left this property near the Purdy School. Nichols was also contacted about the burglary and took the items to Folsom, who identified the property as his own. Nichols returned the property to Folsom."

Several items remain missing, including an undetermined amount of tools and a tablet computer, Evenson said. The value of the stolen, recovered items is valued at more than $500.

Holmes and Lands each have disposition hearings on March 26 with Judge Robert Foulke.

Holmes and Lands remain in the Barry County Jail with bonds set at $4,500 and $10,000, respectively.

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