THIEF ALERT: Woman busted for felony burglary with toddler in car


Rent one storage unit and then break into the ones around it.

That is what a Milledgeville man and woman are accused of doing after being arrested for felony burglary earlier this week. Shawn Monroe Smith, 36, is being charged with two counts of felony burglary, while Jennifer Shurley, 45, is charged with three counts of felony burglary and possession of a tool during the commission of a crime.

More criminal charges are likely to follow, based on the amount of stolen items inside of Shurley's car, which initially was pulled over on Roberson Mill Road. Inside of the vehicle, according an incident report, was a pair of 12-inch bolt cutters, as well as "multiple electronic devices in various conditions (cell phones, a laptop computer, tablet computers,etc.) various antiquities and figurines, personal information and US mail from people in different cities with no obvious connections to Shurley or Smith, multiple bags and containers of jewelry, prescription medications listed to people from Eatonton, GA, a box of vinyl music records, a pink miniature treadmill, and many more items."

Also inside of the car was a 3-year-old child. A family member was called to take the child before Shurley was arrested. Smith later was located and arrested without incident.

Shurley had no previous jail history in Baldwin County, while Smith was arrested back in December for possession methamphetamine, possession of tools during the commission of a crime and criminal attempt to commit burglary. Smith also was arrested several years ago and accused of setting some woods on fire.


The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office actually had been looking for Shurley and Smith for several days. Deputies originally responded to a "suspicious person" call at the Eagle Storage units on Garrett Way, where contact was made with Shurley and Smith. At that time, however, the couple was able to show proof that they rented a storage unit on the property, and deputies didn't think much of it. After that, however, two of Shurley and Smith's storage unit neighbors reported break-ins inside of their units, which led them back to Shurley and Smith.

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