CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report
Tracking chip leads police to thief
A tracking chip inside a stolen laptop led Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies to the thief in the parking lot of a London motel, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Boroviak was dispatched to a reported burglary on D. Anders Road, five miles west of London, at 7:29 p.m. Thursday night, according to a sheriff’s press release. After arriving at the residence, Boroviak discovered the back door had been kicked in, and numerous items stolen, including a Rossi shotgun, a PlayStation 3, a MacBook laptop computer and other electronic items. The owner at the residence advised that the laptop had a tracking chip in it, and that its location could be tracked.
The laptop was tracked to a motel parking lot in London, near I-75 around 8:15 p.m., according to the sheriff’s report. Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Boroviak and Deputy Robbie Grimes drove to the motel parking lot where they observed a male subject sitting in the passenger seat of an old green 2007 Chevy van operating the suspected stolen laptop computer. When asked by deputies where he got the computer, Seth Harville, 21, of Keavy, responded that he had just stolen it, the sheriff’s report said.
Harville was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance for Xanax and Oxycodone pills that were found in the van. Also arrested was the driver of the van, Mariah E. Beach, 21, of Keavy. She was charged with first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief. Beach had her newborn baby in the van. Social Services was notified, and the baby was released to a family member, according to the sheriff’s report.
Harville and Beach were transported to the Laurel County Detention Facility. The investigation will continue.
Cannon man charged with arson
A Cannon man was arrested and charged with arson after he was witnessed setting fire to trailers on Hutton Lane in Barbourville, according to Knox County Sheriff John Pickard.
Knox County Deputy Brian Hensley responded to Hutton Lane in Barbourville on Thursday after receiving a phone call of an intoxicated male subject setting fire to trailers in the area, according to the sheriff’s report.
After arriving, Hensley observed James L. Bowling, 44, running from one of the trailers that was on fire. After a short foot pursuit, Hensley was able to catch Bowling and placed him under arrest. The Barbourville City Fire Department was contacted to put out the fire, but the damage was already done, according to the sheriff’s report. Hensley later learned that this was the second time the fire department had been to this residence and it was suspected that arson was to blame the first time. After Hensley talked to neighbors in the area, it was determined that James Bowling was the one setting the fires.
Bowling was charged with third-degree arson, which is a class D felony, second-degree fleeing or evading police, alcohol intoxication, first-degree criminal mischief, which is a class D felony, and 17 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, which is also a class D felony.
Property damage was estimated at over $20,000, according to the sheriff’s department.