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Neighbors, including Cop, charged with burglarizing Henry Co. home
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Neighbors, including Cop, charged with burglarizing Henry Co. home

McDONOUGH, GA - Maybe it's a sign of the times, but several residents of a Henry County subdivision, including a veteran police officer, are accused of breaking into a neighbor's home.

Apparently they thought it was okay because they believed the owner had been evicted.

Either way, it's no excuse, according to Henry County Police.

"It is never okay to go inside a home to take any items that may have been abandoned," Major Jason Bolton told 11 Alive News on Thursday.

Turns out this home wasn't abandoned.

The owner had moved most of her belongings to another location about a month ago.

She returned last Saturday morning to find a large hole cut in the back porch screen and the back door wide open.

She called Henry County Police and reported several missing items, including a black leather coat, a baker's rack, antique washstand and kitchen table set.

When the neighbors saw she'd called the police, they began returning most of the missing items, claiming it was all a misunderstanding.

But they were still charged with burglary, which is a felony.

Among those arrested were Cassandra Ball, Mindy Moss, Aaron Roberts, Bryan Langley, Francis Langley, Brianne Ferguson and David Allen Ferguson.

Francis Langley is the President of the Eagles Lake Subdivision Neighborhood Association and Sgt. David Allen Ferguson is a 15-year veteran of the Henry County Police department.

Ferguson is on administrative leave while the police department conducts an internal investigation.

Both had no comment about their arrest and the property owner did not return our phone calls.

All of the suspects are free on bond.

Major Bolton said the lesson to be learned from this is that it's okay to take someone's belongings as long as they're on the sidewalk, next to the street, but not from inside or around a home, even if the owner has been evicted.

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