A mother, her son and his girlfriend have all been arrested on charges related to an October burglary at the Midway Boat Storage at 1800 East Highway 51.
In late October, Sierra County Sheriff’s Deputies began an investigation into the burglary of a home at the storage lot after a caretaker for the property found the door to the residence open. While speaking to neighbor, Frankie Johnson, she indicated that she had never seen the neighbor and hadn’t seen anyone around the property. Johnson further indicated that her dogs often barked in the middle of the night, but she thought it was due to wild animals crossing the property.
Continuing their investigation into the burglary, deputies made contact with the property owners who reported that a boat attached to a van parked under a carport was missing, along with a washer and dryer, clothes and numerous other items. The owner and her son said they had not been at the property in about a year, since the passing of her husband. They were able to provide police with a detailed description of the missing items, which led police back to the neighbor who claimed she didn’t know anything.
According to Magistrate Court reports, through the course of the investigation deputies found drag marks from Flandermyer’s storage unit into a unit rented by Johnson. The property caretaker also told police he had seen Johnson’s truck with a washer and dryer at the pawn shop recently.
Johnson told detectives that her son had run an extension cord through the unit to hers and had stayed there a couple of nights, but she didn’t want the owner to know. She also claimed that the washer and dryer belonged to one of her son’s girlfriends, but that she did not pawn them.
Meanwhile, officers began getting information that Johnson’s son, James Mark Hinkley, 35, had been selling lots of items through Facebook, including a boat, clothes, and a washer and dryer.
It was eventually learned that Hinkley had sold the motor to an Elephant Butte man for $2,500. Johnson reportedly took her son to make the transaction. The two were accompanied by Hinkley’s girlfriend, Brie Dodson, who signed the bill of sale for the boat. The boat was located at Teddy Bear RV Park, where Hinkley stated he would be paying for his deceased grandfather’s boat to be stored.
Johnson, 54, faces charges of receiving stolen property, transferring a stolen vehicle and two counts of conspiracy. Hinkley has been charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, and three counts of conspiracy. Dodson was charged with a single count of receiving stolen property and conspiracy. All three have been released from custody on conditions of release and are awaiting their next court date.