Hundreds of bottles of liquor stolen from Blue Moon Lagoon

Monday, July 13, 2009 at 6:23pm
Staff reports
Hundreds of liquor bottles were recovered from the woods near Blue Moon Lagoon, the site of three separate break-ins in the last two weeks.

Metro Police detectives have arrested three men believed responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars worth of liquor from the Blue Moon Lagoon nightspot on Basswood Drive on June 28, July 2 and July 7.

Justin Newton, 19, of Bellevue Road, is charged with two counts of burglary for allegedly stealing beer, wine and liquor from the business on June 28 and July 7, police said.

William Donnell Love, 18, of Stallion Drive, is charged with two counts of burglary for allegedly stealing alcohol on July 2 and July 7, police said.

Slobodan Bjelic, 18, of Achievement Drive, is charged with one count of burglary for allegedly joining in on the July 7 theft, police said.

The liquor stolen during the three break-ins was valued at more than $11,000.

Information from the community led to the identification of the three suspects, who admitted their involvement during questioning Friday evening by Detectives Mike Moss and William Turbeville.

Approximately 100 bottles of the stolen liquor were recovered from a wooded area off McCrory Lane. A number of other bottles have not been accounted for.

Bond for Newton and Love is set at $10,000 each. Bond for Bjelic is set at $7,500.


6 Comments on this post:

By: daKine7 on 7/14/09 at 5:11

I hope these punk's parents are proud. At 18, they are now able to mark off the box on job applications, "Ever been convicted of a felony?"

By: skybolt on 7/14/09 at 8:42

I think the parents should be punished as well -- child abuse in the form of not raising their kids right and teaching them right from wrong. If we started punishing the parents as well, maybe some would become better parents.

By: SirKnight on 7/14/09 at 9:51

Wow, that was FAST!! They've already been convicted, daKine7?

I must have missed that part of the article.

By: McCormickFan on 7/14/09 at 11:01

Oh skybolt it is painfully obvious that you are not the parent of a teen. The fact that these boys got into trouble by no way indicates that the parents didn't raise them right nor teach them right from wrong. While that certainly could be the case, there is no evidence of that is this short article. The fact that the liquor was being consumed or hidden in the woods indicates different. If it were one of the homes where the parents didn't care what went on or even provided alcohol for the kids, they would have certainly taken the loot home and partied there instead of in the woods.
You can do all the teaching, preaching, involve them in church youth groups, sports and all other kinds of positive activities and there still comes a time they must make positive decisions for themselves. No parent has control over that. Sure some parents don't want to be bothered with keeping up with where the kids are and what they are doing but in some cases you can police them to no end and they still will sneak out of the house at night, tell you they are spending the night with friends or at a youth group function and get into trouble. When they personally suffer some consequences is when they wise up and realize they are not invincible. Sometimes kids in the teen years think they hate their parents for placing restrictions on them and trying to “raise them right”. To punish the parents for the kids behavior only gives the kids more power against the parents and removes them from any responsibility for their actions. What do you think?
Oh and SirKnight the kids “admitted their involvement” so no they have not been convicted – maybe someone can get them off on a technicality further teaching them that they do not have to be responsible or honest and can get away with anything! Talk about the parents not teaching them right from wrong – it is our whole society!

By: SirKnight on 7/14/09 at 11:14

Never discount the possibility of legal plea-bargaining. Another report I read said one kid helped hide the liquor, but he did not actually take it from the restaurant. Just a reminder that we are all innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.....whether we admit to the crime or not.

By: jtchillen6290 on 3/29/10 at 9:27

they said there was a kid that do the stealings but hid it yea right there was a 17 yr old that did it to he just got his mom and dad to get him out of it and the rest of them got into trouble i heard that Slobodan Bjelic was the one that came up with the idea and talked the other 3 into doin it cuz he needed money and they needed money as bad william love was just hangin out with the wrong crowd from what i see and justin newton was the driver he didnt do anything else cuz he was promised alot of money for helpin out from what i heard but they all are on probation and owe money to the place and they all got jobs and they are elligable to get it expunged its just teenagers tryin to be cool but now they are tryin to get there life together now