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Oakwood break-in leads to $50,000 damage estimate, lost heirlooms
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RLM Affairs owner Resia McFarland takes a phone call Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, as she cleans up damage at her McEver Road business after a break-in and vandalism. When she opened the florist early Thursday she heard the alleged vandals still inside. - photo by Scott Rogers

Heirlooms from Resia McFarland’s grandmother were in pieces Thursday, Jan. 17 as she walked through the damage following a break-in that morning at RLM Affairs, an event planning business on McEver Road.

McFarland came in while the burglary was in progress around 8:15 a.m. and called 911.

“I ran immediately. I don’t know if I scared them at all. I just turned and tried to go,” McFarland said.

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RLM Affairs owner Resia McFarland arrived at her McEver Road business Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, to find a lot of vandalism as well as people inside her store.

Oakwood Police officers encountered Robert Darren Hornsby, 18, behind the business and detained him.

“Hornsby was captured on surveillance video entering and exiting the business,” Investigator Todd Templeton wrote in an email.

The front glass door of the business was shattered, and McFarland and staff have been assessing the damage.

“Apparently, he just hung out, drank and pulled things out of every corner and every shelf. We’ve been cleaning all morning,” McFarland said.

Off the cuff, her estimate of the total damage was $50,000, though McFarland was unsure what could be replaced.

Some of the items she was disappointed to see broken included antique mercury glass lanterns and mirrors.

Templeton said Hornsby is facing charges “relating to the burglary, property damage, possession of marijuana and (a) stolen vehicle.”

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Robert Hornsby

“Around the same time of the burglary call, officers also received a report that a Dodge Charger had been stolen overnight from a business on McEver Road. The party reporting the stolen vehicle advised it was possibly taken by a male named Darren,” Templeton wrote.

The car was found at a nearby business, and officers found a small amount of marijuana inside the car.

The business wrote on its Facebook page that it would be closed until Monday.