YoYo Market, a store owned and operated by 73-year-old Faye Scott, was broken into early Sunday morning. Scott was visiting family in Alabama, where she was attending her grandson's baseball tournament, at the time of the robbery.
“She's heartbroken,” said her son, Mike Scott, who is offering the reward. “She's devastated. If I don't loan her money, she's going to have to close down.”
Scott said all the store's cigarettes were stolen, along with all of its sandwich meat inventory. Cigarette lighters and cases of soft drinks were also taken.
Scott's mother lives in an apartment in the back of the store, and it was broken into as well. Her mother's diamond rings and other jewelry were taken from the apartment.
Scott's brother, Robert Scott, discovered the break-in on Sunday. The burglars apparently knocked a hole in the store's cinder block wall to gain access.
“Besides the hole in the wall, there wasn't any major destruction,” Scott said. “But everything was rifled through.”
Scott said this wasn't the first time his mother's store had been robbed.
“It happened in March 2002 during the flood,” Scott said. “Someone broke into her store when she was trying to clean it up. ... My mother is the type of person who'd give the shirt off her back to help someone. She's a giving individual, and it's a shame this has happened to her again.”
Scott said there had been other recent robberies in the Dayhoit area. He said a denture clinic located in the community, along with a barber shop, had each reported thefts.
Kentucky State Police trooper Edward Abner was notified of the burglary Sunday evening. He responded to the scene and opened an investigation.
“The place wasn't ransacked, but they knew what they wanted,” Abner said, “because there were only a few certain spots that were hit.”
Abner said he began pursuing leads on Monday. The case remains under investigation.
In other police news:
-- An attempted burglary also occurred in Evarts around 5 a.m. Sunday at the Clover Fork Clinic.
According to Evarts City Police officer Terry Jacobs, a window was nearly broken out at the clinic by rocks. He said the rocks were found on the outside of the pharmacy window at the clinic. The window has double-plated glass, and only one layer was broken. Jacobs said nothing was disturbed inside the clinic. He said the incident remains under investigation, and patrols will be increased in that area.
-- Jeremiah Childers, 19, of Cumberland, was arrested by Cumberland City Police officer Daniel Forester and charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property over $300.
-- Robert Davis Jr., 42, of Cawood, was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property.
-- Paul Peggs, 28, of Harlan, was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.
-- William Jennings, 28, of Loyall, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (first offense) and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.
-- Derek Middleton, 23, of Cawood, was charged with second-degree rape. He was released on his own recognizance.
-- Jonathan Riley, 33, of Closplint, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (third offense), operating an ATV on the roadway, driving on a DUI suspended license (second offense) and giving officer false name or address.
-- Robert Williams, 25, Evarts, was charged with receiving stolen property over $300, second-degree criminal trespassing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (third offense), driving on a suspended license and no operator's license.