Laurel Co. Sheriff’s Office makes nine arrests connected to burglary


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)-The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office has arrested almost ten people all connected to a burglary.

The Sheriff says that burglary happened at a home in Crooked Creek the weekend of May 31 through June 2nd.

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Several items and a SUV were stolen.

It took the Sheriff’s Office about five days from June 19th through June 25th to arrest the nine people linked to the burglary.

Those people are Kennedy Hatfield, Jonathan House, Nellie Lewis, Cassi Colston, Louis White, Christopher Johnson, Randy Bertrand, Anthony Popejoy, and Alecia Rains.

The Sheriff’s Office arrested them after executing several different search warrants.

At House’s home in Lily, deputies say they found about 18 grams of methamphetamine so he’s facing drug trafficking charges. Lewis, Colston, and White were also arrested at his house and charged with trafficking.

Those arrests gave deputies more information that helped them find some of the stolen items from the burglary in Corbin in Whitley County.

Deputies also found the stolen SUV in Southern Laurel County at Christopher Johnson’s home. It had some damage. He faces charges fro receiving stolen property under $10,000.

Bertrand was also arrested there on a bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of driving on DUI suspended license.

The last two arrests came after a char chase. Deputies tried to pull over a tan colored Ford Escort, but the car sped away.

The car was forced to stop. The driver, Popejoy, and the passenger, Rains, both face several charges including burglary charges because several of the items stolen from the home were found in the car.

The Sheriff’s Office says deputies might make more arrests in the case.

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