A Fries couple has been arrested and charged with a string of area break-ins, including alleged thefts from a pair of local churches.
According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Gary Bourne and Deputy Brian Felts, along with Grayson County Investigator Brad Brown and Deputy Bobby Jones, executed a search warrant at a residence in Fries on October 9. Investigator Brown and Deputy Jones have been investigating break-ins at a residence on Riverview Street in Fries and several break-ins to campers along the New River also in Fries, Vaughan said.
The search warrant was the result of a couple of weeks of investigations, and was helped by the impoundment of an abandoned camper that was parked on Town property near the Fries Baptist Church. An impoundment inventory of the vehicle revealed items that were stolen from some breaking and entering cases they have been working, Vaughan said.
“A search warrant was executed at 309 Grayson Street in Fries where numerous additional stolen items were recovered,” the Grayson County Sheriff said. “Two firearms, musical instruments, binoculars, bicycles, golf clubs, video camera, flat screen televisions, multi-media projectors, along with other items were seized.”
Vaughan said warrants were obtained on Zachary Lee Funk, 28, and Kayla Leann Patino, 26, of 309 Grayson Street in Fries, for breaking and entering, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property. Funk was held on a $10,000 bond in Grayson County, and a $10,000 bond from charges placed by Deputy Brian Felts of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for breaking and entering at Grace Baptist Church in Fries and Midway Baptist Church off of Iron Ridge Road. Patino was held on a $5,000 bond on Grayson charges and an additional $5,000 bond on the Carroll charges, Vaughan said.
“The search warrant revealed items that ultimately cleared nine cases, including several cases for the Michigan State Police who were also investigating Church B&E’s. Funk and Patino had recently purchased the motor home in Michigan. The Michigan State Police relayed that the license plate was captured on a license plate recognition camera near Mackinac Bridge on I-75 in Michigan on September 29, 2013,” Vaughan said. “This arrest is a good example of local law enforcement officers working together to bring criminals to justice, and obtain closure for the victims of these crimes. I would like to commend all of the officers that worked on these cases for a job well done.”