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Bond set for one jewelry heist suspect
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Forsyth County News

Bond was set Thursday for one of six people charged in connection with a $2.5 million heist last month at a Forsyth County jewelry store.

Forsyth County Magistrate Pamela Boles set the bond for Amanda Hogan, 27, at $1.25 million for one count each of theft by taking and burglary.

Boles included the conditions that upon her release Hogan must live with her mother in Jonesboro, wear an ankle monitor and have no contact with her co-defendants.

Hogan, Michael Holloway, 35, and Connie Holloway, 52 were arrested Sept. 29 in Smyrna. They have been each charged in connection with the Sept. 26 burglary of Milano Fine Jewelry on Buford Highway.

Carl Henry Bowser III, 26, of Atlanta and Kenardis Demaine Holloway, 31, of Hampton were arrested Sept. 27 and 28 at different locations in the metro Atlanta area, also in connection with the burglary.

Connie Holloway is the mother of Kenardis Holloway and Michael Holloway, authorities have said.

Following a committal hearing for Bowser, also held Thursday, Boles ruled that there was probable cause to suspect him of one count each of burglary, theft by receiving and theft by taking. His case was bound over to Superior Court.

Hogan’s mother, Edith Hogan Baugh, testified Thursday on her daughter’s behalf.

She said Hogan has never been charged with an offense other than driving under the influence when she was 17. In addition, she said her daughter had registered for classes this fall to study nursing and had worked for a mortgage company up until about six months ago.

"I’m overwhelmed by it," Baugh said of the charges her daughter faces. "That’s not my daughter."

Hogan, a mother of one and longtime girlfriend of Kenardis Holloway, sobbed as her mother testified that she brought the deeds to her home Thursday to put up for her daughter’s bond.

Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney James Dunn said he agreed that it was awful for Hogan’s mother to see her daughter that way.

However, he argued, authorities found Hogan in a hotel room with Kenardis Holloway with $35,000 cash in her purse.

Within days of the burglary, she had reportedly stored several pieces of custom-made jewelry from Milano in a safe deposit box at a Clayton County bank.

Dunn also questioned why Hogan went to a hotel 20 minutes from her house if she wasn’t avoiding authorities.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Investigator Travis Spriggs testified Thursday that Hogan said the cash belonged to Kenardis Holloway.

He also said that Hogan told him she was the one who put the jewelry in the safe deposit box. At the time of her arrest, Hogan was not wearing any jewelry from the store.