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Two men arrested in connection to large burglary ring

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email
Police say the ring involves more than 20 home burglaries in Whitley, Laurel, Knox, and Clark Counties, dating back to September.

Larry Shelton

Police have made two arrests in connection to a burglary ring that spans four Kentucky counties.

On Tuesday, the Whitley County Sheriff's Office arrested 32-year-old Timothy E. Taylor, of Corbin, and 28-year-old Larry B. Shelton, of Williamsburg.

Taylor has been charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, and seven counts of receiving stolen property over $500 by selling stolen property to seven different pawn shops.

Shelton is charged with three counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000.

Investigators say these arrests are connected to a burglary ring that spans Whitley, Laurel, Knox, and Clark Counties.

Since September, investigators say 20 homes have been broken into in those four counties.

Investigators say mainly jewelry and money were stolen during the burglaries."They had chosen the jewelry and money and left guns, computers and other items of value at the residence," explains Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Officials say they've seen a huge increase in the amount of home burglaries where jewelry is the main target. They believe its because the value of gold and metal are at an all time high. Some scrap gold dealers say that an ounce of gold goes for more than $1,700.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office plans to file additional charges against the two suspects in the coming days.

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