Three Leitchfield businesses were recently burglarized, and multiple individuals were arrested following an investigation into two of the three thefts.
Leitchfield businesses For Myself Florist and The Exhaust Shop were both allegedly burglarized over the course of two days by the same group of individuals, according to the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD).
LPD Patrolman Jesse Townsend said that, on Friday, Dec. 11, Christian Neff, 18, and Johnny Sanders, 20, allegedly, through no force, broke into For Myself Florist, located at 202 West White Oak St., stole a laptop from inside the business and $10 in petty cash from the florist shop’s van, and then took said van for a “joyride” before driving it back to the shop and parking it in a different parking spot.
Then, during the evening hours of Saturday, Dec. 12, Neff and Sanders allegedly broke into the Exhaust Shop, located at 109 Shelby St., and stole a variety of items, according to investigating LPD Patrolman Jeff Helvey.
The Exhaust Shop theft was reported to police first, and after being questioned by Leitchfield police officers in relation to that theft, Neff and Sanders confessed to being involved with both burglaries, Townsend said.
Neff and Sanders were subsequently arrested for and charged with Burglary – Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Theft by Unlawful Taking, and Disposition of a Firearm in relation to the Exhaust Shop theft, according to the Grayson County Detention Center (GCDC), where they were transported.
Townsend said on Monday, Dec. 21 that additional charges in relation to the For Myself Florist theft would be brought forth against Neff and Sanders this week.
A juvenile, whose identity has not been released, was also taken into custody in relation to the aforementioned incidents and was transported to Hardin County for holding.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 22, Neff had been released on a $10,000 surety bond, and Sanders remained lodged in the GCDC on a $10,000 full cash bond.
Neff and Sanders are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Additionally, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) reported that Woosley Outfitters in Leitchfield was burglarized last week.
The business, located at 1312 Anneta Rd., was burglarized between the hours of approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 and 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins wrote in a press release.
“The thieves made forcible entrance through a locked security door,” Chaffins said in the release. “Among the items stolen were boots, socks, bibs, jackets, and other articles of clothing in brands such as Carhartt, John Deere, Laredo, Redwing, Muck and Irish Setter. Also stolen was a new, in-the-box, Samsung 16 Camera Security Monitoring System.”
The total loss to the business was in excess of $10,000.00, according to Chaffins.
Currently, the business owners are offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the burglary and theft.
On Monday, Chaffins said that the GCSO were following up on a number of “promising leads” in relation to the Woosley Outfitters burglary; however, no suspects had been identified.
Anyone with information regarding the Woosley Outfitters burglary is encouraged to contact GCSO Detective Dennis Dvorjak at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office at 270-259-3024.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.