Burglars steal copper from historical Lexington home

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A popular stop in Lexington's historic district was broken into overnight, leaving one-of-a-kind items damaged.

Just before midnight, someone smashed a window at the Hunt Morgan House on North Mill Street, setting off an alarm.

Police responded and when they got there, they found Clayton Yearta and Lowell Green near the side of the building. A window to the basement had been broken and the basement door had also been pried open.

According to court documents, Yearta admitted to police that they were trying to steal copper. This morning, officials with the Bluegrass Trust found evidence of that. Wires had been cut in an air conditioning unit in the basement.

Bluegrass Trust officials say this isn't the first time the Hunt Morgan House has been the target of a crime similar to this.

"It's frustrating," says Jason Sloan, a historic preservation specialist with the Bluegrass Trust. "It's happened here probably four or five times and it's difficult to stop. We've had everything [stolen] from gutters to copper lines for air conditioners. So we do our best to mitigate it."

Two other people were also arrested overnight at the scene, unrelated to the burglary though. Martha Goodloe and William Yeary are charged with criminal trespass.

Yearta and Green are charged with third degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.

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