Jewelry, guitar taken in burglary

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Marshall County Sheriff's Detective Capt. Norman Dalton displays two lock boxes stolen from an Old Berlin Road home to show that one was opened by breaking the lock's face off the box.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department is investigating a home burglary last month when a guitar and amethyst jewelry were taken and lock boxes broken open, the chief detective said Friday.

The home of Rodney and Sonya Boles was entered between 10:30 a.m. and 12:04 p.m. on Friday, May 2, said Detective Capt. Norman Dalton, who noted how close Sonya Boles came to interrupting the crime in progress.

Entry to the Boles' brick home was gained when someone kicked the back door open, Dalton said.

"We feel like the burglary was committed by more than one person because of what was taken," the captain said, listing a couple of house safes, several pieces of jewelry and a Takamine brand G Series model electric guitar.

It was not Rodney Boles' only musical instrument, though, so he may continue to have friends over to play music, Dalton said.

Meanwhile, one of the burglars "could have been a female because some make-up was taken," he said.

A number of pieces amethyst jewelry, a purple or violet form of transparent quartz used as a gemstone, were also taken.

About $3,500 is the estimated value of the stolen property, Dalton said. The damage was estimated at $1,000.

The burglars ransacked the Boles' home in their search for something to steal, he said.

Two lock boxes taken from the house were recovered on New Cut Road in Maury County, the detective said. While that might imply the get-away was to Columbia, the rural roads lead in all directions.

There's a "big possibility" that gloves were worn by the burglars, he said, "but we don't know that."

Dalton said if anybody has information that they think might help solve the crime, he'd like them to call 931-359-6122 and ask for him.