A Cumberland man faces multiple charges following an investigation into a string of burglaries by the Cumberland Police Department.
Cebert Randy Smith, 31, of Cumberland, was arrested by Sgt. Silas Whitehead on Thursday and charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and first-, second- and third-degree criminal mischief.
According to a press release, Smith was arrested after Whitehead reviewed videos from different locations.
Whitehead stated Smith entered the front door of Cornett’s Electronics by force causing substantial damages, saw the camera and fled.
The release states Smith was also shown on video obtained from a local church.
“The video at Cumberland Missionary Church showed that Smith was carrying a bag we found in the back alley with items from Cumberland Tourism,” said Whitehead. “Smith then entered the church from the upper level after climbing on top of the air units, using a flat bar to open the window.”
Smith allegedly remained in the church for over 90 minutes, breaking into the treasurer’s office and taking several checks and other small items.
Smith entered Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College after breaking out a window and attempted to break into an ATM machine while on the premises, according to the press release.
Whitehead stated Smith led officers on a foot pursuit Wednesday night, but evaded capture at that time.
Smith was arrested on Cumberland Avenue without incident Thursday.
According to the release, Smith made a full confession during questioning.
Smith was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond.
In other police activity, Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley Jr. arrested Michael Tyler Buell, 27, of Wallins, on Thursday on charges of second-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking following a traffic stop by Bell County KSP Trooper Roy Pace.
According to reports, a complaint was lodged by the owner of a vehicle that Tommy Chasteen, 25, of Pathfork, was operating, in which Buell was a passenger.
Pace located the vehicle in Pathfork and, after running a check on Chasteen and Buell, he learned of outstanding warrants against them from Harlan County.
Chasteen had two failure to appear warrants, and he was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence (third offense) and operating a motor vehicle on a DUI suspended license (second offense).
Pace turned Chasteen and Buell over to Hensley to be lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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