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Witness says thief fell through floor of condemned building

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

MARTIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are piecing together what happened following a break-in complaint at the Renaissance Learning Center in Martin.

Lorraine Martin says she was outside on a break when she heard a crash coming from the condemned Martin High School building next door.

"I thought some of the roof was falling in," she said. "A few seconds later this man just waltzes out the door and he had fallen through the floor."

Martin says the man was in his mid 40s, about 5'7", heavyset, with sandy blonde hair.

"He said I scared the heck out of him, and I said well likewise, because you scared the heck out of me too," she said.

Martin says the man told her he was there to pick up some weights inside the building, and that he had permission to do so, but Martin says she knew he was not supposed to be there.

After that, Martin says the man made off with the steel grate on top of a cinder block grill.

"He talked to me for a few minutes, and came around and took our grill and said it was his grill now, and walked around to the back of the building," Martin said.

Martin says she didn't try to stop the man, and adds she is just glad this bizarre incident ended without injury.

Floyd County School District officials say they plan to take steps to make the condemned building more difficult to access in the future.

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