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December 20, 2013

Police Roundup - Dec. 20, 2013

CORBIN — From staff reports

Tennessee burglary suspect arrested in W’burg

A Tennessee burglary suspect was arrested in Williamsburg Wednesday night.

Jeffrey Lee Gray, 51, remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center facing charges of receiving stolen property valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000.

According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, his department was contacted by the Claiborne County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Department about 7 p.m. concerning a burglary in that county.

The deputy told officers the suspects were believed to be from Williamsburg — the items reported stolen from the Claiborne County residence were worth approximately $9,000.

An hour after the call, K9 Officer Brandon Prewitt, Sgt. Jim Pool, and Claiborne County Deputy Larry Mozingo, began their search for Gray.

Around 9 p.m., officers located him at a Croley Bend Road residence. During the investigation, it was reportedly determined that some of the property stolen in the Claiborne County burglary was located inside the home.

Bird said officers found about $5,000 to $8,000 worth of jewelry and $400 in cash.

Further investigation revealed a firearm stolen in that same burglary was found at a property on North U.S. 25W.

Prewitt arrested Gray on charges of receiving stolen property — and Pool served him with a failure to appear warrant.

Mozingo plans to get a felony warrant on Gray — as well as others from the Williamsburg area, according to Bird.

Prewitt continues to investigate in Kentucky and was assisted by Pool, Sgt. Mike Taylor, K9 Officer Jason Strunk and Mozingo.

Gray remains jailed in the detention center under a $15,000 cash bond with an ankle bracelet requirement.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Williamsburg man was arrested Wednesday after a routine stop by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, K9 Deputy Kirk Mays stopped 24-year-old Justin Knight for a traffic violation.  

Mays noticed Knight appeared to be under the influence, according to Harrell, which led Mays to perform field sobriety tests.

Knight allegedly could not perform those tests correctly.

Mays then searched Knight and his vehicle and allegedly found 9 oxycodone pills.

Knight was charged with failure to or improper signal, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense, and prescription controlled substances not in their proper container.

Knight was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center and released Thursday on a $2,500 fully-secured bond with a monitored conditional release requirement.

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