Reward offered in cigarette burglary case

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Kentucky State Police are still searching for suspects after a Perry County business was burglarized Sunday night. Criminals got away with more than just cash.

The owner of Cornett's Mini Mart in Viper said whoever broke in knew exactly what they were looking for.

Michael Cornett said he was glad no one was inside the store when it was broken into.

“The thing that bothers me about the stealing is, they break in here and steal this, what really concerns us is breaking in on somebody and hurting them,” said Cornett.
“Or have somebody had came in on these people, what would they have done to someone that works here, to me or one of the cooks to avoid getting caught?”

Cornett and his wife who owns the store said there are empty shelves that were full of cigarettes, the main target item for the thieves. Cornett said they got away with 55 cartons, more than $3,000 worth to be exact. They also stole change.

“They took a box of quarters than had never been opened, that’s $500, they took three packs of dimes, probably $230 in dimes and maybe $100 in nickels,” said Cornett.

Cornett said he does not think it was about the money.

“I have talked to some local business owners today and they have had some of the same things, cigarettes stolen,” said Cornett.
“And that's odd that a lot of times it is cigarettes, it's not just money, it's usually cigarettes.>

The businessman said it has become a frustrating pattern.

“It makes me and my wife feel disappointed that you work for everything you have and you work for it and people are going to steal it from you and take it,” said Cornett.
“It is getting to be a common thing in this area for people to steal.”

Cornett said a lot of elderly people in the community have had lawn equipment and other various items stolen and were “afraid to sleep at night” in Viper.

Michael Cornett and his wife Ruby have a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved. Anyone with information is asked to call state police.

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