A Gray woman is behind bars after she was among nine arrested in a burglarly bust in Laurel County.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies began making arrests began on October 3 regarding the burglarly and theft of property from a residence off Cold Hill Road, approximately five miles west of London. 

The arrests occurred after an investigation which led to numerous individuals, some of which drove a truck and trailer to the residence loading household items including cabinets, railing, curtains, dishes, furniture, a bedroom set, water heaters, and personal items.

Video surveillance placed individuals at the residence who were subsequently identified and detectives and deputies traveled to numerous locations identifying suspects and arresting suspects. 

A large amount of stolen property valued at approximately $20,000 was recovered at a residence off Siler Hill in Knox County within the Corbin city limits and has been returned to the victim. Investigators were led to a residence during the course of the burglary investigation where they discovered meth pipes and a large amount of marijuana and a handgun in possession of two convicted felons there. The arrested individuals are identified as:

Dennis Michael Johnson age 35 of Somerset Rd., London charged with burglary – second-degree; theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000.

Ashley Nicole Jones age 36 of Hawk Creek Rd., London charged with burglary – second-degree; theft by unlawful taking under $500. 

Follow-up investigation led Sheriff’s investigators to arrest:

Frederick E. Wilt age 48 of West  5th St., Corbin charged with facilitation to commit burglary – second-degree – allegedly provided a vehicle so other suspects could obtain a dining room set from the residence on Cold Hill Road.

Johnny L. Arthur age 46 of Laurel Lake Rd., North, London charged with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000 – this subject was observed on video surveillance where a zero turn mower and other items were stolen.

Robbie Bert Baker age 41 of Steven Ln., Williamsburg charged with burglary – second-degree; theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court on charges of flagrant nonsupport – arrearage owed $30,467.90,  - a Laurel District Court bench warrant of arrest charging failure to appear in court. A Kentucky parole board parole violation warrant charging absconding parole supervision; failure to report to parole officer as directed; failure to make restitution as directed; failure to follow special instructions of parole officer regarding a conviction in Laurel Circuit Court on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine – first offense; receiving stolen property $500 or more and under $10,000; burglary – third-degree.

As the investigation continued Sheriff’s investigators charged:

Lori Ann Havelka age 39 of Arkle Rd., Gray with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000 – this subject allegedly admitted unlawfully taking dishes and furniture from the residence on Cold Hill Road. 

Laurel Sheriff’s detectives and deputies then traveled to another residence off Vaughn Ridge Road as the burglary investigation continued and located meth pipes, marijuana, and 2 convicted felons in possession of a handgun there. The arrested individuals were identified as :

Patrick Watkins age 53 of O Neill Court, London charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – methamphetamine; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; trafficking in marijuana – first offense. 

Teddy Dean Vaughn age 57 of Von Ridge Rd., London charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; trafficking in marijuana first offense. 

Jessica Sizemore age 32 of Les Hubbard Rd., London, charged with possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – second offense – methamphetamine; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; trafficking in marijuana first offense.

All eight individuals were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing with more arrests expected.

Charles is a native of Barbourville, Kentucky. He has worked with The Mountain Advocate in various capacities since 2003.

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