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Samantha Jo Stahl linked to break-in
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Stolen pillowcases helped investigators solve a break-in and have led to grand theft charges against a Brown’s Chapel Road woman.
The suspect, Samantha Jo Stahl, 26, waived her right to preliminary hearing Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross and was bound to the grand jury on a charge of theft over $1,000.
Her charge comes after a residence was burglarized on Brown’s Chapel Road. Taken in the break-in were items including a tiller, jewelry and over $3,000 in coins. Investigators received information suggesting some of the stolen items could be at a residence just down the road on Brown’s Chapel Road where Stahl was staying. Sheriff’s investigator Kevin Murphy said a search of the perimeter of the residence paid off immediately.
“I found pillow cases from the burglarized residence thrown into an outbuilding behind the house,” Murphy swore in his warrant against Stahl.
After finding the pillow cases, more evidence was found, this time in Stahl’s personal items.
“There was a bracelet in Ms. Stahl’s purse positively identified by the victim of the burglary,” Murphy said, noting Stahl confessed to knowing she was handling stolen goods. “She admitted to transporting the tiller that she knew was stolen to sell it to someone.”