published Thursday, June 30th, 2011

DeKalb authorities stop possible burglary in process

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Two DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched Wednesday evening to a house on County Road 24 and interrupted what authorities say may have been a burglary in progress, according to a news release.

The deputies found a man and woman in the front yard, and witnesses told authorities the couple had been inside the house and the owner had been away for weeks, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

After the owner confirmed that he was away in Texas, Jason Bennett, 32, and Tina Clontz, 34, both of Boaz, were arrested and charged with burglary third degree, Harris said.

Authorities searched the area but don’t believe anything was taken from the house, he said.

When Bennett was searched, deputies found a knife in his pocket and a bag of unidentified pills that were sent to the drug task force, Harris said. Authorities also discovered Bennett had an outstanding warrant for non-payment of child support.

Both Bennett and Clontz remain in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting bonds, records show.

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