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SALYERSVILLE – Nearly two weeks after a home in Johnson County was reportedly burglarized, the suspect is now behind bars.

According to the warrant of arrest, on August 31 Kentucky State Police Trooper Ryan Hale responded to a burglary complaint at a Johnson County home, where a window had been broken, front door kicked, with the glass from the front door popped out, and the home burglarized. In total, approximately 16 firearms had been stolen from the residence. 

Reportedly, a neighbor told police about seeing Tommy N. Dingus, 33, of Grape Creek Road, at the home the day before on August 30, describing his vehicle as a white Ford F-150 with a large yellow air compressor and a blacktop sealer in the bed of the truck.

Police obtained a search warrant for the Dingus’ personal property and personal things relating to the August 31 crime, and upon executing the warrant, they found five of the stolen firearms on his property. 

Dingus was arrested on Tuesday, September 12, and with two prior felony convictions from Morgan County, he is facing a charge for receiving stolen property and five counts of a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, with each charge listed as a Class D felony. 

He is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, with a bond set at $10,000 cash. 

At press time no new hearings have been scheduled in the case.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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