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The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Amanda McGuire in connection the theft of 21 guns and some jewelry valued at $30,000, and she was released a few hours later on her own recognizance without bond.
Sheriff’s Det. Eric Hettinger, the arresting officer, said that once his office located and questioned McGuire, she “gave admission of the crime.”
The Class B felony charge of first-degree burglary carries a possible sentence of between 10 and 20 years.
The name of the judge who released McGuire, a resident of Shelby County, and the reasons for that release were not available at press time.
“We have found eighteen of the twenty-one guns to date at pawn shops both locally and in the area,” Hettinger said. “Whenever you pawn something, you fill out pawn slips that almost always require some sort of identification at the time of sale.”
Hettinger said there is still some work to be done on the case, including locating the remaining three guns and the jewelry. He added that they have not recovered any jewelry yet, but declined to comment on McGuire’s statement.
The burglary was committed in the Bagdad area, on Elmburg Road, and Hettinger said McGuire was related by marriage to the alleged victim.
Hettinger said the burglary carries a Class B felony charge because of the inclusion of guns.
“Anytime a gun is included in a crime, whether it’s taken in with the crime or taken from the scene the charge is bumped up,” he said. “That’s because a weapon that can be used for harm has been introduced. So it’s no different than if she’d brought the gun in with the burglary.”
Hettinger said he was also surprised that the McGuire was released so quickly and without a bond.
“On a Class B felony, we would rather not see a release on their own recognizance without some kind of bond,” he said. “But that’s not our call, and we understand that other elements are taken into account on something like this. But, normally, we’d like to see a bond set.”