Charges filed in furniture store burglary against 4 youths, pending on 2 juveniles

All four teenage suspects in a break-in over the summer of the Winter Furniture display building have been arrested and posted bond, charged in felony warrants issued Friday, according to Owensville City Marshal Robert Rickerd.

Two juveniles, one male and one female, also face charges in the investigation and police have submitted applications for charges against them through the juvenile court system, said Rickerd.

River Thomas Derby, 17, Owensville, was charged with a second-degree felony count alleging a forced entry burglary and first-degree property damage. His bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. He was taken into custody Friday from the high school.

Hope Elizabeth Marler, 18, Owensville, was charged with one felony count alleging second-degree burglary. Her bond was also set at $5,000 cash or surety. She turned herself in to police on Friday.

Richard Welsey Nelms, Jr., 18, Leslie, was charged with a felony count alleging forced entry burglary. He turned himself in on Friday and posted a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

Grace Arrin Losh, 18, Owensville, was also charged with one felony count of second-degree burglary. She turned herself in on Friday and posted a $5,000 bond.

According to the probable cause statement filed with the application for warrants, Derby and one of the juveniles allegedly threw several rocks through a door during the early morning hours of July 23. Damage to the building and furniture near the doorway they entered was estimated at more than $4,000. 

They stepped inside the building but got scared of being caught. They left the building to meet up with friends who were involved and waiting outside as look-outs in a vehicle.

Losh and Marler are alleged to have been the look-outs along with the other juvenile. They picked up Derby and the other juvenile and then drove them back to Derby’s residence south of Owensville. Police allege the group met at Derby’s house prior to the break-in.

Police said they even switched out vehicles between the time of the drop-off and the pick-up with each of the young women driving the different cars.

Nelms is alleged to have told police “in a around about way” that he gave information to Derby and the juvenile who entered the building where the money safe and key were located and that there were no security cameras located in the building. He is alleged to have meet with the group at Derby’s home prior to the crime.

One of the juveniles told police he had spoken with Nelms via cell phone moments before the burglary and received directions to the money safe.