One of the two people charged in conjunction with stealing or falsely purchasing what amounted to a truckload of items did not appear in court Thursday for her preliminary hearing, and a warrant was put out for her arrest.
Lakeysha Wallace, 22, was charged with one count of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at over $1,000 and one count of conspiracy.
She had not been in contact with either her public defender or the state's attorneys beforehand. Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen ordered her $2,500 bond forfeited, and placed a bench warrant for her arrest.
The preliminary hearing for Carroll Manning, 29, was postponed Thursday until he receives a mental competency exam. Defense attorney Don Tolin said it must be determined if he is competent to stand trial since he has bipolar disorder. Patchen agreed.
Manning was charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property valued at over $1,000 and 45 counts of forgery.
Police last week transported a U-Haul full of stolen items from Manning's rental home on North Washington Street to the evidence room. At the house, officers found rooms piled with everything from a baby stroller to samurai swords to toolboxes. Detectives last Thursday carted out televisions, a space heater, a safe, guns and other weapons from the truck and into a freight elevator.
Many of the items, Detective Tim Doll said last Thursday, were purchased with forged checks. Additional charges could still be filed, he said.
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