Two charged with burglary

Friday, October 30, 2009

Two Marshall County men were arrested by Lewisburg Police on Wednesday when they were charged with burglary of an East Ewing Street home, Police Chief Chuck Forbis said.

"City police and county sheriff's detectives were working well into the evening on Wednesday to determine what other burglaries the two may have committed," Forbis said Thursday morning.

Charged with burglary are:

* Donald R. Mooneyhan, 21, 555 Fox Lane, and;

* Kenneth Phillips, 19, 2889 Mt. Lebanon Road,

According to the report by Officer Kevin Clark, the two allegedly broke into the house on East Ewing Street ... and took a Visio 32-inch flat-screen television (valued at $700) and a Nintendo Wii system (valued at $300).

Police were called to the home by a female friend of the owner, who had left town the previous day, Clark's report states. The friend told Clark "she thought Donnie had done the burglary."

The victim agreed, stating, "Only three people knew she was leaving for Pennsylvania and Donnie was one of them," the police report states.

While Clark was at the residence with the victim's friend, a car arrived with two white men inside, police said. They were identified as Mooneyhan and Phillips. Mooneyhan is quoted as saying he had come by earlier and noticed the back door was open, walked inside to see if anything was missing, and found that the TV and Wii were gone. He called the friend and she called police.

By this time Sgt. Barry Hargrove and Cpl. Kevin Patin had arrived and Detective Scott Braden and Detective Sgt. David Henley had been called.

Clark talked to the victim on the phone again and "was told Donnie was bragging to her about breaking into a house in Chapel Hill and taking a television, police said. The victim also said that Kenneth Phillips was bragging about selling a 50-inch TV for $300."

Police also report that the victim told Clark that she was "looking at the local paper and reading about a burglary that occurred in the county and Donnie Mooneyhan started bragging about doing the burglary."

The back door glass of the victim's house had been broken and taped up, but there wasn't any broken glass near the door, police said. After taking statements from Mooneyhan, and Phillips, Clark was walking around the outside of the house and he found the glass from the back door, concealed under a pile of leaves.

Clark reported that after finding the glass he looked at Mooneyhan without saying anything and Mooneyhan said, "Did you find the glass?"

Mooneyhan and Phillips were taken to the police station for further questioning and later arrested by Braden. At Braden's request, Mooneyhan's Nissan was towed to the police department.

Marshall County Jail records show that Mooneyhan and Phillips are both charged with two counts of theft over $1,000 and two counts of aggravated burglary. Their bond was set at $30,000 each, and they are due to make a preliminary court appearance on Nov. 3.