Burglary Suspects Arrested After Asking For Reward

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Two men are behind bars, and a store owner is feeling a sense of relief.

Investigators say 20-year-old Brandon Pennington and 26-year-old Scotty Moore are responsible for a break-in that was caught on tape at a Powell County market.

The store owner says this isn't his store's first burglary. C.J. McKinney says thieves have hit his store as many as six times, and it's the second time they came through the front window, but this is the first time the suspects ended up behind bars.

They had to wait for passing cars before they broke through the front window of McKinney's Food Mart with a piece of concrete. The first suspect wore what appears to be the sleeve of a sweatshirt over his head as a hood. The second suspect also covered his head as he jumped through the window. McKinney says the next day he offered a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest. That's when two suspicious men came calling. "The first time they brought me in the hood that they actually wore, and then I said, well, if I had a little bit more hard evidence like a carton of cigarettes because I had them marked, that would really lock the case in. They wasn't gone too long before they brought back a carton," McKinney told 27 Newsfirst.

McKinney says one of those men, Brandon Pennington, is a regular at the store, coming in several times a day. He says Pennington even asked him whether he was a suspect. McKinney says he told him he was at the top of the list. "That's stupidity. That's the only way I can put it. That's pure stupidity," McKinney said.

McKinney estimates he lost about a thousand dollars in merchandise and hundreds more in damages to the store, but he says he's grateful the suspects made things a little bit easier on him. "I hope they never get smart on us because we'd have a lick if they do," McKinney said.

McKinney tells us his next step is to put bars on the windows. As for Brandon Pennington and Scotty Moore, both men are held in the Powell County Jail, each on a $10,000 bond.

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