Renee Schorr, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, lives on Chestnut Street, about five houses away from the house Kenny Lumpford calls home.
She knows 17-year-old Lumpford casually as a neighbor, and as someone who her young son looked up to.
Lumpford, accused of felony burglary in the first degree, was in court on Monday for his preliminary hearing before Judge John J. Jackson.
Schorr took the stand to describe the events that led up to Lumpford’s arrest.
On April 29, 2014, she testified, it was breezy out, and she had the window on the storm door open in order to let air into the house.
Lumpford had been to her house the evening before, she testified, and then came back in the morning.
“Kenny informed me he needed cigarettes for his mother,” Schorr said.
“Does she have $5.50?” Schorr asked.
As he left to find out, Schorr told him, “Hurry, I’m tired. I have been up a day and a half.”
Later, she said, “I dozed off by accident,” on the couch, and after dark, she was awakened when the door clicked.
“I woke up and he was in the living room in my home. I said, ‘What the f....,’ and he said, ‘Well, you’re asleep,’ and he was sliding himself out the door.”
Forty dollars - two twenty dollar bills - was missing from her purse.
“But the $40 was nothing compared” to what else was taken, she said.
Off of the coffee table, within an arm’s reach of the couch, her laptop computer was missing.
“There were lots of nude photos of myself on the computer,” she said.
“Career related?” asked Prosecuting Attorney David N. Clayton.
Schorr nodded yes, “and personal,” she added.
While the computer was password protected, she had the password attached to the computer, she said, so those photos could be easily accessible and transferable to Facebook and the Internet.
Later, when it was time for her to take her medications, she reached for her purse, and found her medications, prescribed in conjunction with her cancer treatment, were missing, too.
Those included seven Fentanyl pain patches, Zanax for anxiety, and Percocet, another pain medication.
Schorr didn’t immediately call police.
“I just put this out there,” she said, if she could have her possession back, she wouldn’t call the police.
“I don’t like this,” she said, starting to cry on the witness stand. “I have always been there for Kenny. I didn’t want anything to come of this. I would like my property back.”
On cross examination by Joseph Glenwood Whitener, public defender, Schorr admitted that she told Kenny that she had a video surveillance tape of the theft, even though she didn’t.
“You lied to him,” Whitener said, “and you’re lying now, right?”
“No. I just wanted my belongings back,” she said.
Judge Jackson determined that there was probable cause to bind Lumpford over to circuit court for arraignment, and set the hearing for 9 a.m. Sept. 8.
Two sides talk
Kenny Lumpford, who is free on $10,000 surety bond, remained silent throughout, but his courtroom supporter spoke to Schorr as she was leaving the courtroom.
“I’m really sorry about this,” she told the supporter, and he pointed out to her that on that date a witness had seen another young man walking down the street with a laptop.
The two then continued the conversation outside of the courthouse.