An Enterprise Staff Report
Cumberland police Sgt. Silas Whitehead reported Wednesday that he and his officers have been working on several burglaries and thefts in Cumberland.
“Last night, the main guy was captured,” said Whitehead. He said police officers have been looking for Teddy J. Reese, 26, of Cumberland, for a few months as a suspect in all the burglaries.
“After I received information that Mr. Reese was staying on Mastin Drive in Cumberland, officer Britt Ross and I went to the apartment complex to conduct a surveillance watch on the apartment that he was reportedly staying in,” Whitehead said. “After hours of surveillance, Mr. Reese was seen walking out of the apartment to smoke and then going back inside.”
Whitehead said he then requested assistance from officers Cody Williamson, Jason Blanton, Tim Howard and Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cope to help surround the apartment.
“Once everyone got into place, we went in and found Mr. Reese hiding under the apartment complex through a hole cut out in the wall that gave access to that area,” Whitehead said. “The hole was located in the back of a closet that was covered up with boxes, a baby stroller and clothes. “
Whitehead said Heather Osborne, who rents the apartment was cited to court for second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension. It is alleged that Osborne helped Reese hide under the apartment complex.
Reese was charged with second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, receiving stolen property under $500, possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug, criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.
Whitehead said after Reese was transported to the Cumberland Police Station for processing, officers left to make other arrests in other theft-related cases.
“Shortly after officers left the police station, Mr. Reese unlocked the door of the booking area and escaped by running out the main door of the police station,” Whitehead said. “I chased Reese on foot and recaptured him a few blocks from the police station. Reese refused to stop after verbal commands given and had to be tackled to the ground. He then became combative by kicking me in the face and chest causing minor injuries.”
Whitehead said Reese received additional charges of third-degree assault to a police officer, second-degree escape, resisting arrest, second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot and terroristic threatening.
“Mr. Reese said when he got out of jail he was going to kill me and my family,” Whitehead said.
Cope assisted Whitehead in recapturing Reese.
Whitehead said Reese’s charges comes from investigations on Dec. 18, of Susanne Reader’s apartment on Mastin Drive; Dec. 27, of Brooke Barker’s residence on Pride Terrace, Annette Turner’s apartment at Koal Town, Roger Maggard’s on Mastin Drive, and Wendy Osborne’s on Main Street in Cumberland.
Also arrested was Denise A. Callahan, 31, of Cumberland. She was charged with second-degree burglary. It is alleged that she assisted Reese with the burglary of Brooke Barker’s residence.