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October 31, 2012

Police Roundup - Oct. 31, 2012


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Man wanted for fleeing police, endangerment

Police are seeking a Louisiana man who sold a stolen gun to a Williamsburg pawn shop and led Corbin police on an about 24 mile car chase Monday, according to Corbin Police Public Affairs Officer Major Rob Jones.

The man, Thomas William Bunn, 26, led police on the chase after a report was made about a suspicious vehicle parked behind the Day’s Inn near I-75 Exit 25. About 11 p.m., Patrolman Kyle Gray responded and tried to stop Bunn, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup.

Bunn led police on a chase to the exit ramp at mile marker 41 where he drove into the woods and ultimately fled on foot.

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police assisted in the pursuit. Two state police dogs tracked Bunn through the woods before they lost his scent.

Bunn is wanted for first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and several other different violations that occurred during the pursuit.  

He is also wanted out of Louisiana for probation and parole warrants, as well as for stealing an assault rifle in Florida.

Gray continues the investigation. Those assisting were sergeants Jason Moore and Jim Miller, patrolmen Brad Prewitt and John Dean as well as the Kentucky State Police and Laurel County Sheriff’s Department.

Three arrested for coin changer thefts

Three people have been arrested in connection with thefts from coin changers from a London laundromat, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Richard C. Webster, 35, Rebecca L. Webster, 27, and Brian Burd, no age available, were arrested following a two-month investigation by Officer Jeremy Schell.

The first theft occurred about 7 a.m. on Aug. 3 at BJ’s Laundry, located along West 16th Street.

Surveillance video showed a maroon four door passenger vehicle pulling into the parking lot about 2:30 a.m. that day. One white female and two white males got out of the vehicle and, while the woman started doing laundry, the men wandered around the laundromat. Within minutes, one man tried to remove a piece of metal from the coin changing machine. He quit and began to wander around the business again. A short time later, all three returned to the machine, lifted the glass from it, removed the coins and left.

The three took about $450 worth of coins and did approximately $250 damage to the coin machine.

On Aug. 29, Sgt. Matt Moore responded to BJ’s Laundry to a coin changer theft complaint.

Video showed about 5:30 a.m. a maroon four door vehicle pulled into the parking lot. Two white males got out of the vehicle carrying a backpack and went into the laundromat. They walked around for a few minutes before they pried the coin changer open, removed the coins and left.

After an approximate two month investigation, three of the subjects were identified by officers of the London Police Department and, on Saturday, warrants were obtained for their arrest.

Officers Jeremy Schell and Ryan Jackson arrested Richard C. Webster and Rebecca L. Webster. They are each charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking and third-degree criminal mischief. Both were jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.

The third suspect, Brian Burd, fled the county and was arrested by Lexington Metro Police Department on warrants filed by Jackson.

Moore and Schell are continuing their investigation and more arrests are possible.

London man arrested in connection with tire thefts

A London man was arrested Friday after he was seen trying to steal the tires from a church bus, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Anthony R. Sizemore, 28, was found just after midnight loosening the lug nuts on the bus, which belongs to Community Christian Church. Officer Scotty Wilson, who made the arrest, found concrete blocks, jacks, lug wrenches and other tools inside Sizemore’s vehicle.

The arrest comes after numerous complaints over the past several months about someone stealing tires and rims from vehicles. During the thefts, the vehicles were jacked-up and placed on concrete blocks. Stewart said his department was closing in on a suspect after many hours of surveillance and reviewing security video

Evidence was found in Sizemore’s vehicle that links him to the other thefts.

Sizemore is charged with theft by unlawful taking, third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

Sizemore is also a convicted felon. He was charged with first-degree robbery first-degree wanton endangerment in 2001 as well as first-degree robbery in 2006.

Wilson was assisted at the scene by Walker, Detective Joe Smith and Sgt. Jessie Williams

The investigation continues.

Good samaritan attacked with bat, knife

Police are seeking the suspects wanted in connection with the ambush of a good samaritan who was attacked and robbed after he stopped to help a woman whose car appeared to be broken down, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The attack happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when the victim stopped along Hammock Road, located five miles south of London, to help a woman who was standing near a car that blocked the road. The car’s hood was up.

When the victim got out of his vehicle, another car approached him from behind. Two men got out of the vehicle and attacked the victim with a baseball bat and a knife. The victim was struck several times with the bat. The men tried to slash him with the knife, but only managed to cut the victim’s coat.

The attackers rummaged through the victim’s car, taking small items and sunglasses, before they fled.

Root said the woman fled, too, and her car started with no problem.

The victim declined medical attention.

The only description the victim could provide police was for the woman, who is white, in her mid-20s, and has acne. She drove a white Cavalier with no plates.

The investigation continues. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600. Callers can remain anonymous.

London woman arrested for shoplifting

A London woman was arrested after police found about $575 worth of stolen merchandise in her purse, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Ami L. Morgan, 35, was arrested after 5 p.m. at London’s Walmart by Officer Jacob Bormann. She was charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting).

Tennessee man with stolen check arrested

A Tennessee man was arrested Wednesday after he tried to cash a stolen check at a London bank, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Jason Ray Higgins, no age available, of Guilo, Tenn., was arrested after tellers at the Cumberland Valley National Bank branch in Walmart realized the check number had already been processed by the bank and the check amounts were different.

When officers arrived, Higgins still had the check, which belonged to a Richmond business.

Higgins said he and his girlfriend were recruited by two men they met at a Chattanooga, Tenn., homeless shelter to cash the check. He said they were chosen because they had valid identification.

The men took Higgins and his girlfriend to Knoxville, Tenn., and then to London. Once in London, Higgins was given an envelope and was told to go inside the bank to cash the check. One the transaction was completed, he was supposed to meet the men at a nearby restaurant to get his part of the money.

Higgins was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.

Investigators believe that the business check from Richmond was stolen from the mail.

London Police and other law enforcement agencies are continuing the investigation.

Indiana man arrested at Flea Land

An Indianapolis man was arrested after a report was made about an intoxicated man at Flea Land Flea Market, according to London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Charles Horton, 47, drove up while Officer Justin Roby was interviewing Horton’s wife. Stewart said a child rode in the car with Horton.

After interviewing Horton and administering a sobriety test, Roby determined Horton was under the influence of painkillers.

Horton was arrested and charged with first-degree operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (aggravating circumstances). He is jailed in the Laurel County Corrections Center.