BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One southern Kentucky inmate said he lied to police about his brother-in-law's involvement in the crime that has them both behind bars.
Christopher Scott, 24, is accused of stealing car batteries, CD players, a scanner and cash Sunday night from a Barbourville body shop where he used to work.
Scott then tried to sell the items at a nearby store to a man who turned out to be a current employee of the body shop, police said.
"Officer were very fortunate to be able to locate, identify and arrest the suspects," Det. Steve Owens with Barbourville Police said. "Of course at the same time it's quite humorous in the way that it went down."
Scott told police when he was arrested that his brother-in-law, Brett Everett, 29, helped him carry out the burglary.
Both men were arrested and taken to the Knox County Detention Center.
In an interview from jail, Scott admitted to the crime and said Everett was innocent.
"This is something he has nothing to do with," Scott said. "And I want him to know I'm sorry."
Scott said he stole the equipment and tried to sell it because he needed money to pay his electric bill.
"It was just stupid," he said. "That's something I don't do. I don't steal. Why the heck I did it, I'll never know."
Barrett said he thinks Scott lied to police because Scott did not want to go to jail by himself.
"I believe it was because he was scared and had never been to jail before," Barrett said. "People know me in this town. I've been to jail a couple times and he knows I have and I guess he was just wanting somebody he knew to be there with him."
Scott and Barrett also live in the same house.
"He lied on me and got me in trouble," Barrett said. "I guess now he's having a guilty conscience about it and he's willing to admit the truth."
Scott helped police recover all the stolen items, except the cash.
Both men are charged with third degree burglary. Barrett also faces a charge of first degree criminal mischief.
They said they plan to plead not guilty.