Two Men Are Arrested & Police Are Searching For Another

On November 11, 2007 Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer Keith D. Justice was traveling on Thompson Road in Pike County, KY.

Officer Justice observed a subject in the Dollar General Store.

Officer Justice noticed that there were no vehicles in the parking lot and turned to see if everything was ok.

As he entered the parking lot, a male subject wearing a gray sweatshirt ran toward the back of the store.

He then noticed the glass in the front door was shattered and took position behind the door of his car and shined a spotlight into the store.

Pikeville City Police Department was called for assistance.

Pikeville City units began arriving on the scene.

The building was surrounded and one of the Pikeville City officers and Officer Justice did a search of the building.

It was determined that the subjects had fled out the side door.

Pikeville Police Officer Bruce Collins and Officer Justice began tracking the subject by way of frost prints into a wooded area.

After a 30 minute search through a wet and briar infested area, Officer Justice saw Jeremy Thacker, age 30, of Green Meadows, KY, under a briar patch.

Officer Justice and Officer Collins gave commands to Mr. Thacker to exit the briar patch.

Mr. Thacker would not comply with the officer's commands, but instead, he tried to aggress on through the briar patch.

At that time, Officer Justice fired a Tazer at Mr. Thacker.

Mr. Thacker continued to fail to comply and Officer Justice initiated five more seconds to the Tazer.

Mr. Thacker had aggressed as far as he could go into the briar patch and stated that he gave up.

After Mr. Thacker was had cuffed and secured, it was determined that he had one probe in his buttocks and the other probe was lodged in a briar stick.

Mr. Thacker stated, as the officers were walking him out of the wooded area, that he was the look out guy and stated that two other men were the ones in the store.

After a continued search, one of the Pikeville City Fire Fighters spotted a person described by Mr. Thacker in Wal-Mart.

Officer Justice approached Mr. Michael Kimmel, age 33, of Betsy Layne, KY, who was muddy and covered in burs on his clothing. Mr. Kimmel stated he had been hunting and his girlfriend had left him at Wal-Mart. Officer Justice stated to Mr. Kimmel that he was not under arrest but was being detained, at which time Officer Justice handcuffed Mr. Kimmel.

Officer Justice walked Mr. Kimmel to his cruiser in Wal-Mart's parking lot and radioed Pikeville PD Sgt. Ricky Younce to drive by with Mr. Thacker to positively identify his accomplice.

As Mr. Thacker was driven by Mr. Kimmel, he stated that Mr. Kimmel was an accessory to the burglary.

Pikeville EMS was called and Mr. Thacker was medically cleared to be transported to the Pike County Detention Center.

After a second walk through of the business, It was determined that perpetrators were attempting to break open the store safe.

A hammer and other tools were lying at the safe and attempted penetration marks were evident on the safe.

A buggy of merchandise was loaded up just outside the doorway.

Both Mr. Thacker and Mr. Kimmel were arrested and lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on the charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools. Mr. Thacker was charged with one count of resisting arrest.

At least one more arrest is pending and the case is still under investigation by the Pikeville City Police Department.


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