Police Arrest 3 People Who Were Allegedly Posing As Police Officers

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Police say they've caught three people, who were allegedly posing as law enforcement officials and robbing homes!

28-year old Ronald Turner of Newport, 27-year old Jeremiah Birch, and 23-year old Tanya Birch, both of Booneville, were arrested and face numerous charges.

James Stewart and his girlfriend woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of someone banging on their back door. He says the person outside yelled that he was with Operation UNITE.

“When I open the door he's standing there with a pistol,” Stewart said.

Stewart says the gun was pointed straight at him.

He says he heard the voice of another man and a woman coming from outside.

He says the gunman told him he was there to search for illegal drugs, and if Stewart moved he would kill him.

The gunman ransacked the home and took prescription medication, 5 guns, and ammunition. But he didn't stop there.

“Go through my wallet, take all the money out, say they gotta check it for marked money,” Stewart said.

While that was going on inside, Stewart says the two other people stayed out here on the porch, acting as lookouts.

“He steps outside, ordering again if we move he'll kill us and he gets in his car, takes off down the road, and we're sitting there in the living room like a couple of dummies,” Stewart said.

Stewart is thankful no one was hurt. He says he believes the three people now in police custody are the robbers who were here Monday night. Now, he'll sleep a little easier.

The suspects were caught after a traffic stop and were taken to the Three Forks Regional Jail.

If you have any information that could help investigators in this case, you should call state police.


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  • by James Location: Manchester on Jul 18, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    Jim from Frankfort had to vent his prejudice against hillbillies. What happened was terrible, but the same "home invasions" are not confined to hillbilly county. I've heard about several in the Lexington area. Most of us folks here in the hills are honest, upright citizens. If I had been commenting on a story like this from Frankfort, I would not have referred to the perpetrators as "city slickers".
  • by Tammy Location: Owsley County on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    Well, I agree with Jim in Frankfort. We work all the time and try to get by and hoodlums running around terrorising people in the middle of the night and robbing them. People are going to have to take a stand against thugs and their likes. This world would be a better place if bullets were the Judge & Jury. I would have no mercy for them. Shoot now ask questions later.
  • by Jim Location: Frankfort on Jul 18, 2007 at 05:28 AM
    Better have a signed warrant when you come to my door or you will get shot, no questions asked. Let's be real here people, police don't knock and wait for you if they have a search warrant, they knock the doors down, and they always have some kind of identification on (vests that say federal agent, police, etc or jackets, guns with holsters on their side). 3 hillbillies wearing street clothes would get 3 bullets in their head if they tried that on me.

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