, Corbin, KY

March 24, 2014

2 arrested for water district break-in

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a Wednesday break-in at the Whitley County Water District.

According to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird, Tyler Dewayne Richmond, 20, and Dustin S. Ross, 29, both of Strunk, were arrested and jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center early Friday.

Bird said that officers with his department responded to an alarm call at the water district building Wednesday.

Once on the scene, Bird said officers discovered a hole cut in the fence surrounding the property. Further investigation revealed locks had been cut from the garage door and all of the work vehicles had been burglarized.

Bird said that a review of the video surveillance led officers to believe the suspects left the scene after the alarm activated.

The video captured two males suspects and their vehicle.

The chief said that while on patrol Friday, Sgt. Mike Taylor spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle traveling East on KY 92W.

Taylor conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 red Ford Explorer, according to Bird.

Taylor identified the vehicle and the suspects, allegedly connecting them to the water district burglary. Bird said that a search of the Ford allegedly revealed bolt cutters and other burglary tools. When Taylor questioned the suspects about the burglary, both allegedly confessed and were taken into custody, the chief said.

Both men remain jailed in the detention center under an unknown bond — both faces charges of possession of burglary tools and third-degree burglary.

Assisting with the investigation were K-9 Officer Jason Strunk and Officer Elijah Hunter.