By James Cook, Times Editor
It seems that every time you turn around another break-in has been reported to local law enforcement. In the past two weeks the numbers have been increasing and all of the local police and sheriff office personnel have been busy trying to solve some of the burglaries.
Two weeks ago the late night and early morning became a busy time for officers from all the agencies that cover Powell County. The night’s events began to unfold just after midnight on Thursday, Oct. 8 and lasted into the morning hours of Friday, Oct. 9.
Powell County EMS/911 Dispatch received a call from an alarm company that Beechfork Golf Course had been broken into. Officers responded to the area at 12:14 a.m. to find a window had been knocked out at the clubhouse. But the only thing that appeared to be missing was a gas can. While the officers were there another call came in at 12:51 a.m. from D&M Signs on Ladonna Drive next to the flea market and Powell County Head Start. Officers found another window knocked out, but nothing seemed to be missing.
As the officers were clearing the scene at the sign shop, another call came in. This time it was a general alarm that had been activated at 1:23 a.m. at the Kentucky River Foothills Adult Day Care Center on Twelfth Street in Clay City. Upon arriving, it did not seem that anyone had gained entrance into the building.
Just when they thought it was going to get quiet, officers got another call. At 3:22 a.m. the alarm at Liquidators on West Pendleton Street in Stanton was activated. Officers found where someone had entered the building through a back entrance, but once again nothing was taken. Just over three hours later, an alarm went off at the Furnace Mountain Market. This time officers found a back door that had been pried open. “It looks like they got away with about $300 worth of cigarettes and $50 to $60 worth of change,” Powell County Sheriff Danny Rogers said.
The morning of mayhem was finally over after dispatch received a call from Four Seasons Consignment on the corner of Main Street and Adams Ridge Road in Clay City. “They got in through a boarded up window where an air conditioner used to sit,” Rogers said. “They took the cash register out back and got away with about $20.”
In a matter of 10 hours officers answered six burglaries west of Highway 213. But that was just the beginning. “I’d say, just guessing, we had about 10 break-ins in three days that week,” Rogers said. “All of the officers and departments worked together on that night and every night and day to help each other and try to stop some of this. It was mostly just damage and not a lot taken.”
Stanton and Clay City Police, along with Sheriff Rogers, asks that if you have any information about these or any break-ins, please call Powell County Dispatch at 663-4116.