July 24, 2008

Two Iowa Brothers Charged in Memphis Burglaries

Two Iowa brothers are facing felony burglary and theft charges following their arrest last week in conjunction with a pair of burglaries in Memphis.

According to the Memphis Police Department, arrest warrants were issued on July 17th for Stanley Joe Davis, 18, and Mark A. Davis, 20, both of Montrose, IA.

Stanley Davis faces two class C felony charges of burglary in the second degree stemming from break-ins that occurred at a pair of Memphis lumberyards on the evening of July 9th or early morning hours of July 10th.

He also has been charged with one count of class C felony theft/stealing an amount greater than $500 but less than $25,000, a class A misdemeanor count of theft/stealing an amount less than $500, and two charges of class B misdemeanor property damage.

Stanley Davis was identified by the Keokuk, IA, police department as a possible suspect in the case after being notified by the Keokuk Savings Bank of an individual cashing in a large amount of state quarters and silver coins. He reportedly made the transaction on videotape, cashing in the coins in the same two containers they were taken in from Memphis Lumber.

Stanley Davis agreed to be interviewed by officers at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department office at which time he consented to a search of his residence and vehicle. The search resulted in recovery of numerous items allegedly stolen from Memphis Lumber and Hopkins Lumber in Memphis including a number of flashlights and padlocks.

A small portion of the coin collection taken from Memphis Lumber was recovered but the bulk of the coins had already been returned to circulation by the bank.

The following day Mark Davis was interviewed and ultimately charged with one count of class C felony theft/stealing and one count of class A misdemeanor stealing for his alleged role in the crimes. The probable cause statement indicated that Mark Davis drove his brother to and from Memphis to commit the crimes.

Mark Davis allegedly cashed in a portion of the stolen coins at a Fort Madison, IA, bank.

The charges for which the individuals have been arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence.

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