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Crime & Courts

Bond reduced for Genoa woman accused of stealing rifle, cat

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

SYCAMORE – Carrie Jones, accused of walking near downtown Genoa
with a stolen rifle and cat as the
sun was still rising, can now be released for $400, after a DeKalb County judge reduced her bond Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady set bond at $50,000 for Jones, 38, of the 400 block of West Main Street, last week, but Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert agreed Tuesday to reduce it to $4,000 – provided Jones immediately report to probation and go on electronic home monitoring.

Genoa Police Chief Robert Smith said that about 7 a.m. Feb. 25, Jones was walking east on Main Street near Washington Street, carrying a cat, rifle and knife she’d stolen from a house in the 500 block of West First Street.

Stuckert forbid Jones from going back to the house or having contact with anyone who lives there. The latter part shouldn’t be hard, as according to Smith, Jones was in a romantic relationship with the man who lived there, and he has died.

The cat was her primary target that morning, police said, but after breaking a window on the front door, Jones also decided to steal a Ruger Mini-14 rifle and a knife. Damage to the window cost more than $500, court records show.

It’s one of four active DeKalb County cases Jones has, and she’s been convicted of two previous felonies. She was also arrested eight times in two months in October 2011, 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.

She’s due back in court at 9 a.m. April 5.

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