Man arrested in burglary case
OAKLEY - Police have apprehended the suspect in a burglary case, with a lot of the stolen items recovered.
According to the arrest warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Reggie Gosser was investigating a burglary that occurred at the home of Rondal Reed on March 18. Several items were taken, including a Kubota side-by-side, guns, televisions and various other assorted belongings.
Sheriff Carson Montgomery received information from a person in Breathitt County, stating that Nicholas M. Patrick, 34, of the Right Fork of Oakley, allegedly had driven the side-by-side to his home, trying to sell him various property hauled in and on the Kubota. The person told law enforcement he suspected the items were stolen and would not purchase anything.
On March 18 a neighbor contacted Sheriff Montgomery and said he/she had seen the stolen side-by-side with a large load on it pulled behind a residence.
When law enforcement arrived at the home, Patrick was gone, but his dog was still at the residence, as was the ATV and a large amount of property belonging to Reed, according to police reports.
A witness told law enforcement that he/she saw Patrick running up the hollow at the same time police arrived at the home.
Police noted in the warrant there was other property that Reed could not identify that could have come from another burglary, according to the warrant.
Patrick was arrested on Oakley on Friday, March 24 and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time. He is currently facing one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000, a felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 3 at 9:05 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center.
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