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Last suspect in Unicoi burglary bound over

March 28th, 2014 9:44 am by Brad Hicks

Last suspect in Unicoi burglary bound over

Kevin Craig

ERWIN — A Unicoi County grand jury will decide whether the only man not yet indicted for his alleged involvement in the October burglary of a Unicoi restaurant will be charged.

Sessions Court Judge David Shults bound the case of Kevin Craig to the grand jury at a Thursday hearing.

Craig, 194 Bob Hayes Road, Jonesborough, was originally charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 following his December arrest. However, Assistant District Attorney General Ryan Curtis made a motion that Craig’s charges be amended to the lesser charges of facilitation of burglary and facilitation of theft over $1,000. This motion was granted by Shults.

Capt. Ron Arnold with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department said the department’s investigation of the Oct. 17 burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant determined that those responsible had entered the business from its ceiling and took a computer valued at around $900 and some change. But Arnold said the investigation into who was responsible initially hit a snag.

“My investigation came to a dead end,” Arnold said. “We had no leads or anything.”

But Arnold said this changed when officials received a lead on the Dec. 9 invasion of a Unicoi home in which Wanda Vance, who owns the Maple Grove restaurant with her husband, was restrained while two masked men sought the combination to a safe in her home, allegedly threatening to kill her husband upon his return to the house if she did not provide it. Officials said the men fled the home after Vance was unable to provide the combination.

On Tuesday, a Unicoi County grand jury indicted four men allegedly involved in the home invasion — Anthony James Davis, Cory Livesay, Tyler Salyers, and Jamison Foster — and indicted Calvin Sams for his role in the burglary. Arnold said after Davis, a former employee of the Maple Grove, was taken into custody in the home invasion case, he wanted to “come clean” and discussed the restaurant burglary in which he was also allegedly involved.

“During the confession, he stated how entry was made and who all was involved,” Arnold said. “Once that was in play, we brought in others he stated were involved and all confessed to being involved in the Maple Grove Restaurant burglary.”

During police interviews, the men allegedly involved in the burglary all said Craig was involved in the burglary and was to serve as the driver, Arnold said. He also testified that statements given by Craig following his December arrest corroborate statements by others allegedly involved in the burglary. Arnold said Craig also said he received some money from the break-in to be used as gas money.

Craig’s friend, Rebecca Stimmer, also testified Thursday that she was with Craig on the day of the burglary and met Foster, Davis and Sams after the alleged theft occurred. She said she gave Craig, Davis and Foster a ride to the Jonesborough Walmart so the men could convert the change taken into the burglary into dollar bills. 

She said she learned the money came from burglary after this had been done. Stimmer also testified that Craig told her he received $40 for his role.

Sams, Foster and Davis were also indicted for their alleged roles in the burglary Tuesday, and they, along with Livesay and Salyers, are scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Criminal Court on April 28. The grand jury will next convene May 21.

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