Georgetown business owner reconsidering closing after arrest in burglary case

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Police have made an arrest in a burglary that left a business owner ready to close his doors.

"It's a good feeling to know that there really is more good than bad because I doubted it, I really doubted it," said Mickey Kelly, owner of MK Outdoors.

Three days after deciding to close his business, Kelly is reconsidering.

"It's crazy, absolutely crazy how many people care," he said. "I had no idea."

After his story aired Tuesday on WKYT, Kelly says he received hundreds of calls offering support.

"I figured I was going to be a headline in the criminal part and then be it," he said. "I didn't expect to get one phone call, let alone the couple of hundred that I've received in the last few days."

Kelly says he had resigned himself to closing the business he's loved for the last eight years. In March, then again in April, someone forced their way into the store, stealing guns and causing thousands of dollars in damage. He couldn't keep up with the costs.

But he says those calls have encouraged him to stay in business. And it wasn't just fellow hunters and fishers who were asking him to stay open.

"My little boy cried when he thought the store was closing, because he wasn't going to get to talk fishing."

One of his biggest concerns was the thought of getting broken into again. He says Georgetown police helped with that fear Thursday night, when they arrested 25-year-old Shane Manns and charged him with burglary, criminal mischief and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

"When I got the call it was just like a big weight had been lifted off my chest knowing that this guy is going to have to look somebody in the eye and pay for what he done.

After the first burglary Kelly installed a plexiglass door, in the second burglary his front window was shattered. He says when they do reopen there's going to be some changes.

"We're going to try to secure it up and get this thing going again. We don't want to leave, we don't want to let somebody make a decision for us."


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