Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum announced yesterday that while actively working a burglary in Hopkins County, Investigators Wade Sheets and Dennis Findley, Hopkins County Deputies, Franklin County Sheriff Ricky Jones and his investigators recovered two stolen vehicles along with stolen weapons and numerous other items.
According to arrest reports, HCSO Investigators received information about weapons and a Suburban that were stolen in a recent burglary. Contact was made with Rusty Lee Clay, Shawna Clay, and Lonni Hammond Allen at a residence on County Road 2390.
While at the residence, Investigators learned one of the stolen weapons had been sold to another individual. Jeffery Stogner then arrived at the location with the stolen weapon. All subjects denied any knowledge of any other stolen weapons.
Investigators and deputies were en route to another location when Stephen Joseph Bryant was located working on a vehicle on the side of the road. The stolen Suburban and a vehicle reported stolen out of Franklin County were located down the same road. Bryant admitted unauthorized use of both vehicles. He also admitted to taking multiple stolen weapons to the Clay residence that authorities had previously visited.
Authorities returned to the Clay residence where Rusty Clay and Stogner escorted HCSO Investigators into the woods where they had hidden eight stolen weapons under fallen timber, brush, and leaves.
All of the subjects were transported to Hopkins County Jail for interviews. All subjects admitted involvement with the burglary, concealment, possession, or sale of property taken during the burglary.
Ten stolen weapons, two stolen vehicles(one from Franklin County), and multiple tools were recovered during the investigation. A box containing methamphetamine, syringes, paraphernalia and scales was also located where it had been hidden in a culvert. Rusty Clay admitted that the box belonged to him and that he had hidden it.
All subjects were booked into Hopkins County Jail where they are currently held. Rusty Clay is charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity(Burglary of a Habitation) and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Shawna Clay, Bryant, and Allen are both charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity(Burglary of a Habitation). And Stogner is charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Sheriff Tatum expressed his appreciation for these officers’ hard work and dedication to the cause of protecting our citizens and their property.