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Voicemail gets teen convicted of theft
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A voicemail will cost a teen several months in jail after it tied him to a home break-in.
The burglar, Richard Wayne Norrod, 19, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of aggravated burglary, theft, and promoting the manufacture of meth. He was ordered to serve 92 days of a three-year sentence, perform 48 hours public service work, and pay $2,000 plus costs. He was also directed to maintain full-time employment as terms of his probation.
Norrod was charged several hours after a burglary when McMinnville police officer Corey Floyd saw him pulling into a driveway where a burglary had happened about six hours before. Floyd had taken the report earlier and was familiar with the evidence in the case. The scene of the crime was near police headquarters on Red Road and Floyd happened to be there when Norrod pulled up to a nearby house.
Floyd said Norrod, who had already been developed as a suspect, was sitting in the back seat of the car and had a strong odor of alcohol. He was placed under arrest for the offense and he granted police permission to check his phone.
“I located a voice message on the phone the subject recorded for a friend,” Floyd revealed. “The message implicated him in the burglary of the Red Road residence.”
Floyd said the teen confessed to the burglary after being confronted about the voicemail. He then took the officer to where he had hidden one of the stolen items.