Four arrested in connection with stolen safe, drugs, car


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.

Two women are accused of stealing a safe and drugs from a Williston area home before the son of one of the women went back to the home and stole a car. The Levy County Sheriff's Office arrested four people in connection with the case this week.

The first break-in occurred on Dec. 28 at a home in the 15900 block of Northeast Levy Street. Deputies said the safe, jewelry and prescription medications taken were worth about $20,000.

The women charged with taking the items, Joyce Wendy Hurley, 55, of Cedar Key, and Brenda Lee Monroe, 38, of Chiefland, apparently opened the safe at Monroe's house, the Sheriff's Office reported. Sheriff's spokesman Major Evan Sullivan said the women gave some of the stolen jewelry to Hurley's son, Desmonde J. Hurley, 20, of Trenton, and to his girlfriend, Nicole Marie Johnson, 18, also of Trenton.

Joyce Hurley is accused of trading some of the stolen jewelry for powder cocaine while Monroe, Desmonde Hurley and Johnson reportedly traded the jewelry for cash at pawn shops.

Shortly after the first items were taken, Sullivan said, Desmonde Hurley went back to the burglarized home and stole a 2000 Honda Accord, which was found in Gilchrist County.

Joyce Hurley and Monroe were charged with one count each of burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. Joyce Hurley also was charged with possession of marijuana.

Desmonde Hurley and Johnson were charged with two counts each of dealing in stolen property, and Desmonde Hurley was charged additionally with grand theft auto.

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