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Brandon M. Diggs

Brandon M. Diggs

DECATUR — Brandon M. Diggs appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Wednesday pleading not guilty to stealing his relatives’ safe, which held $9,000 in cash along with gold and diamond jewelry.

But the plea looks set to change to guilty by the end of the week. Chief Public Defender David Ellison told Judge Jeffrey Geisler that the 18-year-old Diggs, who waived formal arraignment, was ready to enter a guilty plea. The judge then scheduled a second hearing for Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Diggs, free after posting $3,000 bond before he appeared at Wednesday’s court session, meanwhile entered his formal not guilty plea on a charge of theft involving a sum worth more than $500.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police Officer Josh Whitney said the theft happened the night of April 27 when Diggs entered the home of his stepmother and late father, in the 1700 block of North 24th Street, without their permission.

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Whitney said security camera footage captured him walking about the house around 12 a.m. and using a flashlight app on his cell phone to see by. After playing video games for a while, he is seen tracing the power cord to the security camera which then shuts off; the safe, weighing about 100 pounds, was later discovered missing from his step mother’s bedroom.

Police had reviewed the security tape and had then located and arrested Diggs by the afternoon of April 29.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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