Thursday, August 23, 2018
Crestview, FL – Joey Kyle Smelley, of Crestview, was sentenced to 20 years state prison on the charges of Burglary of a Dwelling with Assault, Grand Theft over $20,000, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft of a Firearm.
On September 10, 2017, Smelley, along with Cody Jon Kurpil, entered an occupied home on Hilton Road in Baker, FL at approximately 10:30 a.m. through a window wearing camouflage hoodies and black pants and demanded money and guns. They got only a wallet before fleeing the residence in the victim’s Lincoln car. Inside the car was nearly $5,000 in cash, collectible coins and gold bars, a Glock firearm, and retired law enforcement credentials.
Three other people were also arrested in the case, 33-year old Richard Del Pozo, 24-year old Anna Del Pozo and 33-year old Heather Creech.
Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office say Richard Del Pozo and his sister, Anna Del Pozo helped plan and execute the robbery, drove Kurpil and Smelley to a location near the home, and also got a share of the stolen cash and coins.
Heather Creech was charged with dealing in stolen property in connection with the case by concealing the stolen car under a tarp in her front yard on Dreaden Circle in Milligan. Creech stated once she learned it was stolen she got rid of it by contacting someone and having them remove it from her yard.
The case was investigated by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney David Rehr was responsible for the prosecution. Circuit Judge John Brown imposed the sentence.
Smelley’s prison sentence is to be followed by 30 years of probation.Original Stories: