Harlan police probe break-in at Abraham Music

Last updated: May 22. 2014 8:55PM - 4118 Views
By Joe P. Asher jasher@civitasmedia.com

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A Cumberland man faces charges including burglary after police followed a trail of alleged stolen goods to a residence.

Lonnie Tippett, 34, was arrested Thursday by Cumberland Police Officer Jason Blanton.

“Around 6:20 a.m., we were patrolling the area because we’ve had a power outage most of the morning,” said Blanton. “I went down to Movies to Go and noticed the front door was broken.”

Blanton said he noticed a trail of items on the sidewalk.

“Myself and Chief Wayne Creech continued on foot toward South Street,” said Blanton.

Blanton said he and Creech picked up items suspected to be stolen from the store along the way.

“It led us to the house on South Street where Mr. Tippett was found with most of the stolen items that had come from the store,” said Blanton.

Tippett was charged with third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking $500 or more and first-degree criminal mischief and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

The case is being investigated by Blanton.

In other police activity, the Harlan Police Department is investigating a break-in that occurred Tuesday at Abraham Musical Instrument.

According to Harlan Police Officer George Young, somebody kicked in the door of the business in the early morning hours.

Young said the cash register receipt indicated the register had been pried open at approximately 1 a.m.

“They pried it open and took $300 in cash,” said Young.

Young said police are waiting for the store personnel to check inventory to see if anything else is missing.

According to Young, a handgun was also taken.

“It was a Browning 9mm pistol,” said Young.

Young said there are no leads or suspects at this time.

If anybody has any information concerning the incident, please contact Harlan City Police at 606-573-1121.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde

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