Sheriff’s office arrests burglary suspect

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By The Staff

An ongoing investigation came to a close last week when Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives arrested an alleged burglar.

Thomas Justin Evans, 29, of Duff, was arrested after an ongoing investigation linked him to two alleged break-ins and burglaries.

On July 8, an alleged burglary of a Jellico residence resulted in the theft of several guns and jewelry, said sheriff’s detective Mike Perkins.

A warrant for Evans’ arrest was prepared but he allegedly broke into another residence in Morley on July 26. In the most recent burglary, several guns and money was taken from the house, said Perkins.

Evans was linked to the crime with witness statements, identifying him as the alleged seller of the stolen property, said Perkins.

The approximate value of all the stolen property from both break-ins is about $7,500.

As Perkins was preparing another warrant for Evans’ arrest he was located in Morley. According to Perkins, Evans was inside a trailer located in a wooded area.

“The sheriff’s office made entry and he (Evans) was in a bed in the living room,” said Perkins.

According to Perkins, Evans was arrested without incident and taken to the county jail.

Evans is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property over $1,000 and vandalism.

Vandalism charges were filed due to damage sustained to the front door of the Jellico residence when Evans alleged forced entry into the home.