Surveillance video key in police investigations

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A recent rash of robberies and burglaries across Eastern Kentucky has kept police busy and in many cases, the crimes are being caught on tape.

Surveillance video can be vital for police in an investigation. For example, when the Mountain Clinic Pharmacy was burglarized nearly a week ago here in Hazard, the surveillance video was shown on WYMT and a short time later, an arrest was made.

"I will call the purchase of my surveillance system money well spent," said Brooks Webb, owner of the Mountain Clinic Pharmacy.

Brooks says he is happy he has surveillance cameras, especially after a recent burglary.

"Having a surveillance system is paramount now and I don't see how a pharmacy can do without it. Even this pharmacy, and it's not very big, we have multiple cameras," Webb said.

Those cameras caught this on tape...a clear look at suspect breaking in which led to an arrest. Officials say that might not have happened if it wasn't for the video.

"It's there for anybody to see so it completely 100% documents what happened in that situation so it's a great asset," said Minor Allen, from the Hazard Police Department.

Officials say while surveillance systems can be expensive...

"The rewards and the benefits that come from having this type of equipment in your business or around your residence is just indispensible," Allen explained.

As for the recent unsolved robberies at a BP station which did not have working cameras and a Marathon station in Lothair that did...there is no new information.

"It was kind of hard to pinpoint an individual because they was completely covered from head to toe, even the eyes were covered," said Allen.

Police say they are increasing patrols around the gas stations. If you have any information about the unsolved robberies in police.

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