Mother, son arrested on theft

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Two Salyersville residents were picked up on arrest warrants last Friday and Saturday concerning a burglary at Mary Carpenter’s residence.

On July 29, District Judge Dennis Prater issued warrants under the request of Salyersville Police Chief Matthew Watson for Sandy, 50, and Dale, 20, Stephens.

According to the warrants, on July 27, 2011, while conducting a criminal investigation into the theft, Watson found that one of the items taken from the home was a safe.

A witness named in the warrant reportedly told the investigators Sandy Stephens gave the combination of the safe to her son, Dale Stephens. Sandy Stephens is in a relationship with Carpenter’s son, according to the warrant.

The safe was recovered from the Licking River behind Carpenter’s house. The safe was empty and had no signs of damage, indicating it was not a forced entry, according to the warrants.

The witness also told police that Trenton Minix and Dale Stephens broke into Carpenter’s house. The warrant states that the two allegedly forced entry into the home through the back door and took four firearms and several pieces of jewelry. These items were originally located in the safe and valued at over $500.

Sandy Stephens is being charged with theft by unlawful taking, complicity, and Dale Stephens is being charged with burglary, first degree, and theft by unlawful taking, firearm, over $500.

No other arrests have been made at press time.