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Arrests made in two burglary cases

By: Greg Bird

McCreary county sheriffs detective David Sampson reports three individuals have been arrested in connection with two separate robbery cases.

The first stems from an October 18 case on Tom Meadows Road. The homeowner reported a garage and other out buildings on his property had been broken in to. Deputy Tom Smith responded to the call, and later turned the case over to Detective Sampson.

Officers were able to identify a possible suspect based off surveillance footage obtained from the residence.

Brandon L. Hill, 29, who reportedly lived next door to the scene of the thefts, was initially arrested on outstanding warrants, but later was charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500 and Burglary Third degree in connection with the crime.

Additional charges may be pending.

The second case involved a theft from a residence on N. Taylor Road off Round Top Road on October 16.

According to Detective Sampson, the residence is owned by an Ohio resident, and the property was being overseen by the father of the owner.

Just after midnight on October 16 the caretaker saw vehicle tail lights in the driveway of the residence. Knowing the owner was not staying at the residence at the time, the father approached the home and spotted two individuals on the property.

A male suspect fled into the woods, while a female suspect got in to a Toyota RAV4 and try to leave the scene. The father attempted to stop the vehicle, but it managed to escape.

The witness was able to get a license number off the back of the fleeing vehicle and Deputy Smith was able to identify Renee Stephens, 45, of Revelo as a possible suspect.

The following day Detective Sampson and Kentucky State Police Trooper Craig Reed went to Stephens’ residence where they conducted an interview with her and her boyfriend, identified as Lonnie Stephens, 45.

As a result of the interview, both subjects were placed into custody and charged with Burglary 2nd degree and Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500. Renee Stephens also was charged with wanton endangerment first degree and criminal mischief.

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