Man accused of multi-state burglaries
LaGRANGE — A man accused of committing several burglaries in Georgia and Alabama made his first appearance Thursday morning in Troup County Magistrate Court.
Marco Antonio Lloyd, 37, of LaGrange, is charged with two counts of felony theft by bringing stolen property into the state and theft by receiving stolen property.
He appeared without his co-defendants, Edward Meriwether Sr., 63, and Edward E. Meriwether Jr., 35, both of LaGrange.
On Feb. 11, Chambers County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office tracked a stolen device through GPS to a home at 205 Boulevard, Troup County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Patrick Tunnell said. Chambers County investigators met with LaGrange police at the house.
Investigators saw Lloyd exiting a back bedroom inside the home, Tunnell said. The man reportedly gave law enforcement officers consent to search his room.
Investigators found stolen items in the room, Tunnell testified. They also noticed a red Toyota Camry sitting outside that matched a car seen in areas where other burglaries took place, he added.
Investigators obtained search warrants for the rest of the home and discovered more stolen items inside, Tunnell said.
The alleged stolen property ranged from TVs and a variety of electronics to jewelry and lawn equipment, according to sheriff’s reports.
“We found enough stolen items to fill a tractor-trailer,” Tunnell said.
He told the court the items were stolen during burglaries in areas that included Troup, Heard, Chambers and Lee, Alabama, counties. Tunnell estimated the property recovered from the house was worth $8,500.
Lloyd’s defense attorney, Julianne Lynn, asked Tunnell if investigators had made a direct connection between her client and the house at 205 Boulevard.
“There was no exact evidence that he lived there,” Tunnell admitted. “Except that he was there (when investigators arrived on Feb. 11) and he (Lloyd) said he slept there.”
Lynn pointed out to the court the home actually belongs to Eugene Meriwether Sr., who was charged with seven counts of felony theft by receiving stolen property and one count of felony theft by bringing stolen property into Georgia in connection with this case.
Magistrate Judge Vickie Sue McWaters stated there was enough probable cause to send the case to Troup County Superior Court. She also ordered Lloyd held without bond.
Lloyd had warrants out for burglary and theft by taking, the judge noted. He was also on probation for four counts of burglary.
The state was seeking to revoke Lloyd’s probation for failure to report to his probation officer on Feb. 25.