By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A Corbin man stood before Judge John Paul Chappell in Laurel District Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on burglary charges.
John Rose, 42, represented by Attorney Michael Brophy, faces charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and theft by unlawful taking, $10,000 or more.
When his case came up on the docket, Laurel County Attorney Tom Weatherly, a handcuffed Rose, and Brophy approached the bench.
Also called before the court was the “complaining witness,” Karen Hibbard.
She testified to Chappell and the court that her father had passed away and his home, located in Laurel County, was unoccupied while the family decided what to do with the property.
Hibbard said “an eyewitness” reported to her she saw the defendant enter the residence.
Hibbard said damage had been done to the door to gain access to the home, and there were guns, collectible coins and “some check stubs” missing. She also later told the court an air conditioning unit was stolen, but as that was returned no charges were filed for that alleged theft.
She estimated the value of the guns to be less than $500.
She estimated the value of the coin collection could be as much as $30,000, although when questioned by Brophy as to the origin of her estimates, she admitted it was her personal opinion. She said there were several coins from the 1800s. Weatherly asked some specifics on the coin collection, which Hibbard said included several varieties of coins.
She told the court she contacted the Kentucky State Police to report the theft, however, he was actually arrested by the Corbin Police Department, according to online jail records.
Brophy further questioned Hibbard concerning “the eyewitness.” She told the court she knew the eyewitness because that person admitted participation in the burglary.
Chappell said he felt “there was probable cause on felony charges” and ordered Rose to appear in Laurel Circuit Court March 13.
Rose remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $50,000 cash bond.