Ex-wife charged after entering former husband’s home

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An Independence County woman was caught in the act of breaking into her ex-husband’s house and taking some items.

Court documents say Tonya R. Taylor, 30, has been charged by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer in Independence County Circuit Court with felony residential burglary and misdemeanor theft.

Court information says this past Monday, Jan. 22, Cpl. Jordan Turner with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department was the first officer to arrive at 19 Bend Rd. regarding a possible burglary in progress. The homeowner, Baron Taylor, told dispatchers that he was not at home, but a neighbor had called him after hearing loud noises behind his residence.

Cpl. Turner noticed a window at the rear of the residence had been broken out. In the front of the residence, he saw a female inside the house, standing in the front window. As he got closer, the female, according to Turner, concealed herself so she was no longer visible and would not acknowledge Turner’s announcement of his presence. He ordered any person inside the residence to make their presence known. Turner said he moved to the side of the house where he was not visible, and a short time later, the female began sneaking out the broken rear window. He confronted her as she removed from the house a green cloth bag containing several items including toiletries, clothing, a red purse, and a slingshot.

She identified herself as Tonya Taylor. When asked, she said that she used to live at the residence, but the home belongs to her ex-husband and they were divorced.

Baron Taylor reported to Cpl. Turner that his ex-wife was given 30 days by the court in October of last year to get all of her belongings out of the residence.

Tonya Taylor has been taken into custody and her bond set at $20,000.

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