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Burlgary turns into extradition

A felony burglary charge mushroomed into a Grand Larceny charge between Nov. 2013 and Feb. 2014 for Isaac Charles Grounds, who is now being held in Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods following his extradition from Tennessee on January 13.

On Nov. 23, 2013 a Cedar Creek residence was burgled. According to the complaint filed with the Gilmer County Magistrate Court, a small lock box safe containing identification cards, land deeds and a large amount of cash was taken from the residence, allegedly by Isaac Grounds.

Sgt. Cason Jones, of the Gilmer County SheriffÕs Department, discovered that the defendant had been arrested in Sparta, Tenn., on unrelated charges, which included Possession of Schedule II drug/amphetamine and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

At that time, Grounds was driving a 2008 Honda four-wheeler, which was picked up by two males in a 2004 GMC pickup truck that had been purchased by Isaac Grounds in Arnoldsburg, WV.
The seller of the GMC truck to Grounds stated to Sgt. Jones that the truck was paid for with $6,300 cash presented in $100 bills. This was the denomination of money stolen from the Cedar Creek residence on Nov. 23, 2013.

Sgt. Jones followed a lead to the Y Motel in Arnoldsburg. Speaking with the hotelÕs owners, Jones was told that on Nov. 24, 2013, after showering in a rented room, Grounds left a lock box safe under the bed before stating to the motel owners that he would be going to buy a truck.

The truck the defendant bought was the 2004 GMC pickup.

On Dec. 10, 2013, Sgt. Jones obtained a warrant to search an Elizabeth residence and located a second vehicle bought with the money allegedly stolen from the Cedar Creek residence on Nov. 23, 2013. This was a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. It was towed from the Elizabeth residence and taken into evidence.

On Jan. 13, Grounds was extradited back to Gilmer County and he is being held in Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods on a $25,000 bond for each felony offense.