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September 14, 2012

Burglary suspects all from Laurel

All three found in, around Levi Jackson State Park

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

The three people arrested Wednesday near London for a string of burglaries in Pulaski County earlier in the day have one thing in common — they were all from Laurel County.

Their arrests came after a late afternoon and evening of searching an area centered around Levi Jackson State Park, as well as a mobile home at Finley’s Trailer Park, south of London on KY 1006.

Arrested were Robin Asher, 40, of Waterworks Road in London; Covey Lynn Brock, 27, of Finley’s Trailer Park, London; and Marty W. Stewart, 35, of Copley Road in Lily. All three are being held in the Laurel County Detention Facility in London.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, their deputies and detectives were called to assist detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department at 3:30 p.m. A series of burglaries in Pulaski County had occurred, and one burglary victim who was at home apparently was able to get license tag information on the suspects’ vehicle, a blue Ford Escape SUV. The information traced the vehicle to an address at Finley’s Trailer Park.

Officers with the sheriff’s department believed the suspects could be inside the mobile home, and because firearms had been stolen in the Pulaski County burglaries, the suspects could be possibly armed.

The sheriff’s department’s Special Response Unit was called in to assist officers at the mobile home, which was searched with no one inside. Officers did find reported stolen property from the earlier burglaries in Pulaski County.

During the late afternoon, information came that the suspects may have been picked up by a motorist before officers arrived, and had been dropped off at Levi Jackson State Park.

Just before 6 p.m., the suspects were spotted in the park by Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes. A foot chase began, with Brock and Stewart jumping a fence and fleeing into the woods.

The officers did apprehend and arrest Asher. Asher was charged as a wanted person on six Laurel County bench warrants, as well as resisting arrest in the park.

Sheriff’s deputies, U.S. Marshals, Park Rangers at Levi Jackson and Laurel County Constables continued to search the state park area. Between 6-7 p.m., they found Brock in the park, who was taken into custody. Brock was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary in regards to a Pulaski County burglary earlier Wednesday.

With two suspects caught, the search for Stewart went on. Pulaski Air One, the helicopter from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, was called in to help officers, along with a K-9 unit from the Williamsburg Police Department.

By 8:45 p.m., information came from Laurel Sheriff’s Detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell that Stewart was in the area of KY 1189, about two miles south of London. Stewart was found by officers off the road and taken into custody.

Stewart was arrested and charged as a wanted person on a Laurel County bench warrant for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; failure to appear in court on a theft charge, and numerous Laurel County Circuit Court indictment charges, including persistent felony offender, first-degree fleeing and evading police, and several traffic violations.

In addition, Stewart has a Laurel County arrest warrant for flagrant non-support, and a Bell County bench warrant for failure to comply in regards to numerous traffic offenses. Stewart was also charged with second-degree burglary in regards to the Pulaski County burglary earlier Wednesday, and resisting arrest in Laurel County at the scene of his arrest.

Among those assisting the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department were Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley and his staff, the London Police Department, the London-Laurel County Rescue Squad and Laurel County Emergency Management. The Kentucky National Guard in London was on standby to assist.

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