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Deputies Say Theft Suspects Identified After Vehicle Left At Scene

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Reported: Jul. 14, 2014 2:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 14, 2014 3:19 PM EDT
Johnson County Sheriff's Office Photo
Johnson County Sheriff's Office Photo

Thelma , Johnson County , Kentucky

Johnson County sheriff's deputies said two men were identified as suspects after leaving their vehicle behind at a church where they were attempting to steal an air conditioner.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call about 10 p.m. Saturday regarding suspicious activity involving two men at the East Side Freewill Baptist Church in the Thelma community. The caller said that the men were acting questionably, walking around the church and possibly attempting to break in to the church.

When Deputy Byron Fairchild responded, he found Constable District 2 Bob Hyden and several members of the community already at the church to offer assistance.

Deputies said the men had already fled the scene, but they left behind a Chevy Trailblazer and law enforcement officers were able to identify the two suspects. The men had cut the hoses to the church's air conditioner unit and were attempting to steal it.

The two men are facing charges of first-degree criminal mischief and attempted theft by unlawful taking over $500. They also will be asked to make restitution to the church.

The names of the suspects are currently being withheld pending presentation of the case to the grand jury.

Law enforcement is asking for anyone with additional information on this incident to contact Fairchild or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 606-789-3411.



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