Attorneys for a suspect in a recent $2.5 million heist at a Forsyth County jewelry store argued last week that an anonymous tip wasn’t enough evidence to keep their client behind bars.
Ultimately, Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson set Christopher Lamar Funderburk’s cash bond at $2.2 million.
Funderburk, 32, of Fairburn was the sixth and most recent suspect charged in connection with the Sept. 25 burglary of Milano Fine Jewelry on Buford Highway.
He was arrested Oct. 12 and charged with one count each of burglary and theft by taking.
During a hearing Thursday, Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney James Dunn said authorities found evidence at Funderburk’s home that tied him to the burglary.
Dunn said Funderburk also called his father from jail and told him to get rid of some shoes.
According to Dunn, authorities found two pairs of shoes at Funderburk’s home that appear to match shoeprints found at the jewelry store.
He said Funderburk had confirmed to authorities that he went by the nickname "white boy," which is how an anonymous tipster identified him to a local sheriff’s investigator working the case.
Dunn said the caller implied that a man with that nickname was involved in the burglary.
He noted that Funderburk has a 2001 burglary conviction in Clayton County and in 2002 was charged with providing a false name and shoplifting. Funderburk may also be wanted in connection with crimes in other counties and states.
"I have been in contact with several jurisdictions, including the federal government," Dunn said. "Warrants may be issued for this defendant."
Tim Herring, one of Funderburk’s two attorneys, said his client is a father of four and licensed car dealer. He added that he has had several clients who go by the nickname "white boy."
He went on to say that the anonymous caller never gave authorities Funderburk’s actual name.
Herring said Funderburk had two pairs of expensive alligator shoes at his apartment, which he asked his father to remove because nobody was staying there at the time.
Authorities have said suspects entered Milano through a hole they cut in a wall between the jewelry store and an empty building next door.
The hole was discovered by a construction crew that arrived for work at about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 26.
The suspects had disabled the security system, ransacked the store, breached the safe and taken security equipment.
Carl Henry Bowser III, 26, of Atlanta and Kenardis Demaine Holloway, 31, of Smyrna were arrested Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 and charged with one count each of burglary and theft by receiving.
Amanda Hogan, 27, Michael T. Holloway, 35, and Connie Holloway, 52, were arrested Sept. 29 at Connie Holloway’s home in Smyrna.
They were each charged with one count of party to the crime of burglary and theft by taking.
Connie Holloway is the mother of Kenardis Holloway and Michael Holloway, authorities have said.