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Cumberland police investigate string of burglaries

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

CUMBERLAND, Ky. (WYMT) - Surveillance cameras at a Harlan County business appeared to detour a would be burglar. Police say they believe the man caught on tape is behind a string of break-ins in the City of Cumberland.

"We got a phone call about 6:15, something like that," said business owner Thomas Cornett. "Said the P.D. was outside and the door was open."

Cornett is the owner of Cornett Electronics in Cumberland. The suspect did not take anything from the store, but did damage the door frame to the business.

Cornett says the burglar forced his way through the front door only to discover his face was being recorded by a security camera.

"He took his hood off his head, of his jacket, looked around and up at that camera right there, done a complete 180 and out the door he went," Cornett said.

Police believe the same man also hit the Chamber of Commerce building and the Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church. They say he made off with a few inexpensive items.

"We have an ongoing investigation at this time. We have a suspect. We'll be continuing our investigation until an arrest is made," said Jason Blanton with the Cumberland Police Department.

Cornett says surveillance video from the church shows the burglar spent about 90 minutes inside.

"The only thing we found so far that he got from there is there is about six cans of soda that he took from that place. That's all he got," he said.

Police would not tell us the identity of the suspect, but did say he had a prior record. Anyone with information about the burglaries should call the Cumberland Police Department.

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