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Surveillance cameras show burglar in Loyall store

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

LOYALL, Ky. (WYMT) - Police say surveillance cameras caught a Harlan County man breaking into a store in Loyall and stealing cash.

26-year-old Michael Epperson faces several charges for the burglary.

Darryl Robinson drove by the Kwik Mart in Loyall after midnight on Memorial Day and knew something was wrong.

"I saw glass busted out of the door. I knew something or someone had been in there, so I immediately called 911," Robinson said.

Police say the burglar stole $95 and a carton of cigarettes.

Surveillance cameras show a man looking through a store window without his face covered, but then his face is covered inside the store.

The Loyall Police Chief says he knew it was Michael Epperson.

"Soon as I seen the picture, I recognized him off the bat," said Chief Michael Lunsford.

He says the store owner had a no trespassing order against Epperson from another case last year.

"He wasn't supposed to be here to begin with," Lunsford said.

Epperson is charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and theft.

Police say it cost more than $500 to replace the glass door.

Customers say they hate to see the store owners treated like that.

"They're great people. They really are. It's a shame and it's sad that something like that would happen to a good little city like this," said Brad Enlow.

Epperson pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge set his bond at nine thousand dollars full cash.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 9th.

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