Bond set at $225,000 on theft charges


Bond is set at $225,000 for a 28-year-old Clay County man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of televisions and electronics and jewelry during burglaries of two West Point homes last year. Those burglary charges are in addition to larceny charges in the city and the county for theft of four-wheelers.

Deonto Evans was arraigned Tuesday in West Point Municipal Court.

He was arrested last week by West Point Police and Clay County Sheriff’s deputies. In addition to the new charges, he has theft charges pending in Clay County Circuit Court.

In the newest cases, he is charged breaking into a home on Guyton Circle on June 26, 2018 and stealing four televisions, two rings, a bravely, three laptops, five iPads, tablets, an Xbox, two safes, and three guns, including a 12-gauge and a .270-caliber rifle, among other things, according to arrest affidavits filed by Det. Raven Ross.

He also is charged with breaking into a home on Highway 50 East on Oct. 2, 2018 and stealing two televisions. He stole a four-wheel Ranger two-seater valued at more than $11,000 from the same residence on July 15,2018, according to affidavits filed by Det. Ramirez Ivy.

The $225,000 city bond for burglary and grand larceny is on top of a $25,000 bond for the grand larceny charges in the county.

Evans is no stranger to law enforcement with a record of thefts and forgery dating back to when he was 17.

His history dates back to January 2008 when he was arrested for forging a $700 check on his mother’s checking account to get a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He also was charged that same year with taking a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass from a Crawford man, according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

He was accused of breaking into the home of Ronnie Kisner on Jan. 5, 2008, and breaking into another home in West Point on Jan. 28, 2008, court records show.

In July 2008, he pleaded guilty to some of the charges as part of a plea-bargain agreement and was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years post-release supervision. He was still 17 at the time.In 2015, he was accused of four more counts of grand larceny and one of directing a minor to commit a crime. He was indicted on those charges in April 2016 and the charges still are pending in Clay County Circuit Court.

Meanwhile, bond has been lowered for 28-year-old Vamario Fitzgerald Baskin who was arrested last fall for his suspected role in the Aug. 17 burglary of D&B Pawn in which four AK-47 rifles were stolen. His bond originally was set at $200,000 after his arrest but City Judge Bennie Jones lowered in Tuesday to $75,000 because Baskin has ties to the community and has been in jail since his arrest except for when he was sent to the Department of Corrections for violating his probation on an old conviction.

In the pawn shop burglary, Baskin is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and conspiracy to commit a felony.

His history goes back almost a decade. Baskin was indicted by a Clay County Grand Jury in April 2011 for selling cocaine to an undercover agent on Sept. 28, 2010. He pleaded guilty in October 2011 and was sentenced to 12 years.

He served part of that sentence and was released on parole only to have that parole revoked when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting the mother of his child with a metal broom handle on June 6, 2014.

He was charged with aggravated domestic violence and the death of their unborn child because the woman miscarried when she was 20 weeks pregnant, according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

He remained in prison or jail until October 2017 when prosecutors dropped the charges because the victim recanted under oath, saying Baskin didn't assault her and that her injuries occurred during a four-wheeler accident.

District Attorney Scott Colom said medical evidence was insufficient to prove otherwise.

Baskin had his post-release supervision revoked because of the new charges and he served more prison time before being returned to Clay County last month.