IVEL — A Floyd County man and woman found themselves facing felony charges, following a burglary at a hardware store.
According to a complaint filed by sheriff’s Deputy Hoyt Smith, Billy Gene Osborne Jr., 38, of Banner, broke into the P&H Hardware Store early last Thursday, allegedly stealing a chainsaw and a concrete saw in the process.
Osborne allegedly visited the store three times between 9 p.m. Wednesday night and 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, in an attempt to burglarize it, breaking the lock to the front door in an earlier attempt. He allegedly gained entry by breaking a window, Smith’s complaint says.
Osborne now faces charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree persistent felony offender. Records in his file indicate a lengthy criminal history, mostly of misdemeanors and traffic violations, but also including convictions on felony counts of receiving stolen property in 2009, unemployment insurance fraud and theft of services last year. A persistent felon charge filed along with the theft of services indictment was later dismissed.
Also charged was Katrina Jo Montgomery, 33, of Ivel. She allegedly accompanied Osborne to the store all three time and also assisted him in breaking the lock to the front door. She has been charged with complicity to burglary, theft and mischief charges.
Osborne is currently being held on a $5,000 cash bond. Montgomery was originally set to be released under an unsecured $10,000 bond, but District Judge Jimmy Marcum later amended her bond to require a 10 percent payment. She remains lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.
Osborne is next due to appear in court Sept. 2 for a preliminary hearing. Montgomery is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 10.