Investigator Rocky Potter with the Rhea County Sheriff's Department was in the area of Black Oak Ridge when a 911 call when out that a man was attempting to break in the front door of a Black Oak Ridge Road home on Wednesday.
The caller reported that after the front door thwarted the man, he
picked up a stick and headed around the back of the house.
arrived a few minutes later, he
found a back window pried open.After Sgt.Dean Cranfield arrived to back up Potter
told Cranfield to watch the front door.
At the back window, Potter
identified himself as a police officer and yelled that he
was entering the home.As Potter
climbed through the window, he
heard someone running through the home.
But when Potter
spoke with the homeowner, he
learned that she
was indeed the man's mother-in-law, but that he
did not have permission to break into her
, Cranfield and Detective Chris Hall talked with the suspect, Robert Songer, 34, they spotted a red pickup truck driving by, and Songer said that was the person he
had called to pick him up.When the truck sped away, Potter
then alerted area law enforcement agencies to watch for the truck.
Meanwhile, when the officers searched Songer, they found his pockets full of rings and other jewelry stolen from the home and ultimately identified by his mother-in-law, Potter
arrested Songer and charged him with aggravated burglary and theft of property worth less than $500.
with theft of property worth less than $500.
went to the Songers' apartment, Potter
learned that neither of them had a job and that a Randy Donaghy, 47, had been living with them and supporting them for a couple of weeks and had a job at Lear Corp. Potter was particularly interested in that information since the Songers have two young girls and Donaghy is a registered sex offender.
...Donaghy showed up at Dayton City School Wednesday afternoon to pick up the two little girls, but, alerted by Potter, DCS Resource Officer Justin Jackson turned Donaghy away empty-handed.
Donaghy had been convicted of several sex offenses against children prior to 1995, according to Potter
Further charges of child neglect are also pending against the Songers, according to Potter
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