Charges filed against Lowry, Nelson after reported string of burglaries

Charges related to a string of burglaries in May have been filed against two people incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail.

Harvey L. Lowry, 31, and Shawna E. Nelson, 25, have been incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail since their June arrests in Washington C.H. The two were walked over together from the jail Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to be arraigned in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Lowry, from Washington Court House, was arraigned on two cases. In the first, he faces a first-degree felony of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of burglary, second-degree felonies.

In the second case Lowry was arraigned on three counts of burglary, third-degree felonies; five counts of theft, fifth-degree felonies; six counts of grand theft, third-degree felonies; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; five counts of receiving stolen property, fourth-degree felonies; and theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Lowry’s two cases will be joined together for trial, according to the court, which is now scheduled for Sept. 14.

Nelson, from Bloomingburg, was arraigned on the same list of charges as Lowry. Like Lowry, the court joined Nelson’s two cases together for trial scheduled Sept. 19.

According to incident reports filed with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Lowry and Nelson allegedly forced entry May 25 into a Madison Township home on Harrison Road in Mt. Sterling and removed items.

The reports list the stolen items to include a kid’s piggy bank, jars of change with an unknown value, jewelry valued in excess of $1,000, clothing, and a case of bullets. The reports state that rocks were thrown through the patio window of the residence. The person who lived at the home was not there at the time of the incident. Sheriff’s office detectives were called to the scene and lifted fingerprints from the residence to be sent to BCI.

Four days later, May 29, Lowry and Nelson allegedly burglarized a home on State Route 38 in Bloomingburg and forced entry by throwing a rock through the front door. Items removed allegedly included a television, prescription medication and jewelry items valued at close to $2,000. Again, detectives were called to take fingerprints.

A couple of days following the Bloomingburg incident, on May 31, a home on Washington Waterloo Road was burglarized. According to reports, Lowry and Nelson allegedly forced entry into the rear door but left no evidence at the scene. A loose cut diamond ring valued at nearly $5,000, along with other jewelry items and an IPad, were reported stolen.

Both Lowry and Nelson will appear in court Sept. 5 for their final pre-trial hearings in the case. They are each being held in the Fayette County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bonds.

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Mt. Sterling, Bloomingburg, and Washington C.H. homes targeted

By Ashley Bunton

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