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Three charged in pawn shop heist

August 18, 2011|By MANDY SIMPSON | msimpson@amnews.com
  • Tyler Jessie Roberts
Tyler Jessie Roberts

LANCASTER — Three area men — one of them a suspect in two vehicle thefts — are in jail after allegedly stealing about 40 guns and other goods from a Lancaster pawn shop this week.

Kentucky State Police arrested Woodey Gabbard Embry, 29, and Jeremiah D. Gregory, 18, both of Lancaster, and Tyler Jessie Roberts, 20, of Danville and charged all three with first-degree burglary, Trooper Jon Allen said.

Roberts also is a suspect in a break-in at DB Automotive in Nicholasville, during which a Nissan Maxima was stolen and later found burned in the Mount Hebron area of Garrard County. When police arrested Roberts on Wednesday in Madison County, he was driving an Infiniti allegedly stolen from a Garrard County dealership, police said.

The three men emerged as burglary suspects during a joint investigation by KSP, the Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, Nicholasville Police Department and other agencies, Allen said.

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“Once we realized we were looking for the same guys, it came together,” he said.

Video from Cecil’s Pawn Shop on U.S. 27 south of Lancaster also caught the burglary on tape, Allen said.

KSP responded to the burglary report just before noon Monday, and Detective Monte Ownes learned the burglars had taken about 40 firearms and a large amount of jewelry and coins from the business.

Detectives have recovered most of the guns, which were spread among Casey, Garrard and Madison counties, but have not yet determined the value of the stolen items, Allen said.

The three suspects are lodged in Lincoln County Regional Jail, and investigation is continuing.

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