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Bonds set for four involved in burglary, home invasion

Brad Hicks • Dec 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

ERWIN — Bonds were set Monday for the four men arrested Friday for their alleged involvement in a Unicoi home invasion that occurred earlier this month and the burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant that took place in the latter part of October.

Calvin Sams, 18, 205 Buffalo Mountain Lane, Unicoi; Kevin Craig, 28, 194 Bob Hayes Road, Jonesborough; Jameson Foster, 28, 240 Sciota Woods Court, Unicoi; and Tyler Salyers, 19, 3517 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, all appeared in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Monday.

A $35,000 corporate bond was set for Sams, who is charged with burglary and theft over $1,000. A corporate bond of $20,000 was set for Craig, who is also charged with burglary and theft over $1,000.

Foster’s bond was set at $85,000. He is charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 for his alleged part in the Maple Grove burglary and is also charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault and theft under $500 for his alleged role in the home invasion.

A corporate bond of $70,000 was set for Salyers, who is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, assault and theft under $500. All four men are scheduled to again appear in Sessions Court on Jan. 2.

The four were arrested Friday by officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the Dec. 9 home invasion of a Pleasant Hill Drive residence in Unicoi and the prior Maple Grove burglary.

The affidavit of complaint filed in Sessions Court said Craig, Sams and Foster participated in the Oct. 17 burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant. The document states Anthony James Davis removed a ceiling tile in the attic area and lowered Sams into the restaurant. Once Sams was inside, he went to the kitchen door and let Davis inside, court documents said. The two allegedly kicked in the business’ office door and took $650 in cash and a laptop computer valued at $900.

The money taken was split between Davis and Sams, the computer was given to Foster and $40 was given to Craig for gasoline money, the complaint said. The complaint also said Foster and Craig were waiting in their vehicles at the nearby Unicoi Baptist Church for the return of Davis and Sams.

Foster, along with Salyers, also faces charges in the home invasion. At around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, a woman reported that when she returned to her Pleasant Hill Drive home, she was approached by two men wearing ski masks, officials said previously. Authorities said the two men grabbed the victim and forced her into her home, where they used duct tape to tie her to a chair.

The victim reported that the men demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill her husband upon his return if she did not provide the combination. After the victim told the men she did not have the combination and could not open the safe, the men fled the home and ran toward nearby Marbleton Road, officials said. Court records said the men took two cordless phones from the home before fleeing the scene.

The affidavits of complaint state that Foster and Salyers served as lookouts during the home invasion by waiting near the Maple Grove Car Wash, which along with the Maple Grove Restaurant, is one of the businesses owned by the victim and her husband, to inform the perpetrators of the robbery if the victim’s husband was returning home.

Davis and Corey Livesay, 19, 3035 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, were identified by sheriff’s department officials as the perpetrators of the home invasion. The two were arrested Wednesday, and each faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft under $500. Davis faces additional charges of burglary and theft over $1,000 for his alleged involvement in the Maple Grove Restaurant burglary.

Livesay and Davis appeared in Sessions Court on Thursday, where an $85,000 corporate bond was set for each. Both are also scheduled to appear back in court Jan. 2.

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