Three arrested in armed Courtland, Capron home invasions

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CAPRON—A Boykins-area man has been arrested for his alleged involvement with two armed robberies at Southampton County homes.

Calvin Taylor, 21, of 30000 block of Tucker’s Drive was one of three men who allegedly robbed a Courtland-area man at 8:40 p.m. Nov. 22, said Sgt. Wanda Covington with the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told police a male came to his home in the 18000 block of Wakefield Road asking to use the telephone because his vehicle had broken down, Covington said.

The victim allowed the man to use the phone, and the suspect stated he couldn’t reach anyone. Then two other males allegedly armed with handguns entered the home wearing masks. They ordered the victim to the floor and demanded money, Covington said. They subsequently took money, firearms and jewelry.

Craig Murphy, 20, from the 28000 block of Clarksbury Road, Boykins, also was charged.

Taylor also is accused of conspiring with Laura Murphy, 41, of the 28000 block of Clarksbury Road, Boykins, to rob an 87-year-old man at knifepoint inside his home in the 26000 block of Popes Station Road at 5 p.m. Jan. 6, Covington said.

The victim told police he knew Laura Murphy, who arrived at the home first. Shortly after, Taylor arrived and allegedly told the victim he was there to rob him. Taylor allegedly had a knife in his hand and demanded money from the victim.

It was later discovered the telephone lines had been cut, Covington said.

All were taken to jail with no bond set.