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Arrest made for rash of gas station burglaries

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Investigators say he's behind a string of recent burglaries, and now he's behind bars. Scott County deputies arrested Bradley Phillips after they say he admitted he was behind several break-ins at area gas stations stealing thousands in cash and tobacco products.

Soon after investigators released these images of suspects believed to be behind a string of recent Scott County burglaries, Kentucky State Police in Frankfort took Phillips into custody after they received a tip he was selling stolen cigarettes.

"We're happy that they got caught, so we could sleep pretty well," Jay Patel said. Patel works at his family's Marathon station on Frankfort Road, one of two Scott County gas stations burglarized twice each over the course of five days. The other, this Marathon on Porter Road in Sadieville captured surveillance of the suspects.

The owner had just repaired the damage to the door from the burglary on the 19th when three days later, investigators say the same thieves smashed through the front window.

Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton says Phillips admitted to three of the burglaries and gave investigators information that led them to name Matthew Meachum and Whitney Jacob Pate as persons of interest in the case. "Our deputies responded to Meachum's residence in order to interview him, at which time he exited a rear window approximately 20 feet from the ground and fled on foot," Hampton said. Investigators are still looking for both men.

"Well, I hope they catch the other two too 'cause we don't want this to go again, and we don't want to go through all this again, so I hope they catch them," Patel said.

Bradley Phillips is charged with 3rd degree burglary, tampering with physical evidence, and two counts of criminal mischief.

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