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Facing charges: Ardmore couple accused of allegedly illegally growing marijuana, burglary

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
Robert Lee Perry (left) and Mary Elizabeth Perry

While investigating an alleged burglary incident Saturday, Ardmore police reportedly discovered that the suspects involved were also illegally cultivating drugs at their home.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, Ardmore Police Department Sgt. Larry Payne said officers responded to reports of a burglary in progress in the 300 block of 6th NW. “The neighbors had reported seeing a truck in the driveway of the house that would normally be unoccupied.”

When police arrived on scene, they made contact with the neighbors who then gave them a description of the suspects, later identified as Robert Lee Perry, 38, and Mary Elizabeth Perry, 37, of Ardmore.

“The people were in a truck that had left the residence prior to the police’s arrival,” Payne said. However, officers later located the truck at the couple’s residence in the 500 block of Locust St. NW.

While conducting a search at the residence Payne said officers located an unregistered marijuana grow. Eight marijuana plants were reportedly recovered, along with one pound of marijuana in a bag and various paraphernalia.

Officers also recovered stolen property from the alleged previous burglary incident, Payne said. Several power tools and some cash and coins amounting to around $3,000 were collected and returned to their rightful owners.

Payne said police believe the couple intentionally targeted the residence. “They were familiar with the residence and knew that the homeowner was not home.”

Robert and Mary Perry were taken into custody and are facing felony charges for burglary in the second degree, cultivation of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute.

Their bonds are set at $5,000 each and both have a preliminary conference set for March 26.