Accused burglar allegedly took dog from Yell Road home

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Lewisburg man indicted on burglary charges last week is accused of taking a family's pet dog during one of four crimes alleged by the Marshall County Grand Jury.

David Allen Mencer, 23, is named in four cases made by City Police Detective Scott Braden who wrote in arrest warrants that the stolen goods were recovered at the residence where Mencer was living.

"Numerous items" including a pug dog and household furnishings were taken from a home in the 1000 block of Yell Road on Sept. 24, the detective said, attributing those thefts to Mencer. Jewelry, guns, paintings, plants and money -- all valued at about $6,000, were also taken.

Dish washing liquid, a child support card and food were among the items taken during a burglary attributed to Mencer on Sept. 23, Braden said. Jewelry, DVDs, CDs, cash, a TV and other furnishings were also taken during that crime in the 500 block of Old Lane Road.

The resident of that home told police that she saw Mencer leaving her house, according to court records leading to the arrest.

Also on Sept. 23, Mencer allegedly tried to break into a home in the 800 block of Hull Avenue where the resident confronted him as he was trying to force entry, Braden said. Mencer was identified in a photo line-up.

Court records indicate he'd been a Coleman Street resident.

Braden swore out warrants against Mencer on Oct. 16. Mencer was arrested the next day and made appearances in Marshall County General Sessions Court. Subsequently, he was indicted on Nov. 19.

Mencer was one of at least three defendants indicted that day.

Courtney Donte Washington, 23, of Columbia was named in a four-count indictment alleging possession of illegal and counterfeit drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested by Agent Shane George of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force in connection with an investigation on April 3.

Patrick Joseph Cable, 50, of Chapel Hill was indicted on charges of driving underthe influence of an intoxicant, driving when his license was revoked three times before, refusing to take a blood alcohol test, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without insurance.

Indictment does not mean the defendant is guilty. That's determined by a jury, a judge or the defendant with a guilty plea.