A Barbourville woman is behind bars after being accused of breaking into a Whitley County home late Monday evening.

About 10:50 p.m., Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Strunk arrested Jessica N. Saylor, 37, of Sandy Branch Road, and charged her with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, theft-firearm, and second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot).

A homeowner, who lives in the 13000 block of Highway 92E, reported that she had left home to attend her husband’s funeral, but had to return home for something, according to an arrest citation.

When she returned home, the woman discovered her garage door open, the back door window broken and the home rummaged through, Strunk wrote on an arrest citation.

When Strunk arrived at the scene, he heard movement in the wood line next to the home, allegedly observed Saylor and gave chase, the citation stated.

“She was apprehended after a short chase and then lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center,” according to a sheriff’s department release.

Strunk arrested Saylor at a home on Sandy Branch road, where he found her with a stolen firearm in her possession, according to the arrest citation.

The victim’s family located stolen property in the woods outside of the victim’s home, Strunk wrote.

Strunk is continuing the investigation.

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