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Crime & Courts

Police: Genoa woman arrested carrying stolen rifle, cat

Carrie A. Jones, 38, of Genoa
Carrie A. Jones, 38, of Genoa

SYCAMORE – A judge has set bond at $50,000 for a Genoa woman facing multiple charges after police said they arrested her walking down Main Street carrying a stolen rifle and a cat.

Carrie A. Jones, 38, of the 400 block of West Main Street, is charged with residential burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, criminal damage to property and unlawful possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner's Identification card. If convicted of the most serious charge, burglary, she could be sentenced to four to 15 years in prison. She would have to post $5,000 cash to be released from jail.

Police were called Feb. 25 and found Jones just after sunrise walking east on Main near Washington Street, headed toward downtown, Genoa Police Chief Robert Smith said.

"This was at 7:09 a.m. [on a Monday], with kids going to school at the time," Smith said.

Smith said Jones had a romantic relationship with a man who lived in the 500 block of West First Street. The man has died, and despite being told to stay out of the residence, Jones broke a window on the front door Feb. 25. The cat was her primary target, police said, but she also decided to steal a Ruger Mini-14 rifle and a knife. Damage to the window cost more than $500, court records show.

Jones was hospitalized for a couple of days after her arrest, Smith said, but then checked herself out. Police tracked her down again Friday – at the same residence.

Jones already had three active cases, and had been convicted in DeKalb County of two previous felonies. She was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation and drug treatment in a 2011 reckless damage to property case, and was sentenced to two years in prison after a 2012 conviction for aggravated battery, court records show.

She was arrested eight times in two months in October 2011, a span that included her being picked up for huffing propane from a Coleman tank in the back seat of a car and causing a fire that damaged two homes and a garage, according to previous Daily Chronicle reports.

Jones was charged in DeKalb County with domestic battery and criminal trespass to land in two separate 2017 cases, and was again charged with domestic battery last year after police said she stabbed her boyfriend in the eye with broken glass Feb. 21, 2018, at her home.

Judge William Brady set bond on the latest charge at $50,000 Saturday, and ordered that if Jones posts $5,000 to get out, she be placed on electronic home monitoring.

All her cases are due in court at 9 a.m. April 5.

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