By Eugenia Jones
McCreary County Sheriff Randy Waters reports a male individual with the last known address of Somerset, KY was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged in connection with a string of recent burglaries. As he was taken into custody, the arrestee told McCreary County law enforcement officers that he was homeless and had been in McCreary County for about three days.
Forty-six year old Stanley Gibson began his alleged burglary spree in McCreary County on Monday night (July 4, 2022) at 11:00 p.m. when he allegedly used a metal bar to pry open a back door to the Save A Lot grocery store in Whitley City. Video cameras in the store captured images of a male individual wearing a distinctive shirt (with a picture of a pig emblazoned on the back) entering the store and taking about $20.00 worth of food items. Soon after exiting Save A Lot, the male individual returned at approximately 1:30 p.m. (Tuesday morning) to take more food items and retrieve the metal bar which he had left behind after his initial entry into the store.
At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning (July 6), McCreary County Deputy Dustin Ridner responded to a call concerning a situation at the Sunoco station in south Pine Knot. An individual had thrown a rock through the drive thru window, breaking the cash register monitor and setting off the alarm system. The individual fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.
While Deputy Ridner was investigating at the Sunoco, an alarm went off at the Pine Knot Dollar General Store. Upon arriving at the Dollar General store, Deputy Ridner discovered a side door that had been pried open. Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper Shaler Jones arrived to assist Deputy Ridner.
After reviewing video footage from the Sunoco and Dollar General, Deputy Ridner and Trooper Jones combed the immediate area in search of the burglar. Law enforcement located Gibson eating ham-n-cheese, chips, and drinking a Mountain Dew outside of the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church on HWY 1651. A distinctive “pig” shirt, like the one shown in video footage from Save A Lot, was in Gibson’s possession.
Gibson was arrested and charged with burglary. He was transported and lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.