Standoff ends as Franklin County authorities place multiple people in custody

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Franklin County deputies say two people were arrested following a string of burglaries, including one where a dozen rifles were stolen.

Two cases were reported on Shadrick Ferry Road and another was on Lewis Ferry Road.

Zackary Harrod is behind bars facing two burglary charges along with fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest. Authorities say he has warrants in other counties as well.

On Friday afternoon investigators responded to Wallace Avenue where they entered a standoff in connection to the investigation. Crews had to block a portion of the road, and WKYT saw three people placed in custody.

Larry Thomas Engler was arrested and charged with burglary. Sheriff Pat Melton said Engler barricaded the door with a refrigerator and at one point even told deputies to kill him. After about an hour and a half of negotiations, Engler surrendered, Melton said.

Sheriff Melton said two women were also taken into custody following the standoff. One woman was later released. Investigators said they think the other woman could be involved in the burglaries, but she has not yet been charged.

The investigation is still open.

A Frankfort police officer was among those who had his home broken into. He says home surveillance is what helped lead authorities to capture Harrod.

"I've had several folks - family and friends - say, 'Well, why would you need them? You're a police officer', and, you know, they finally paid off because you think, all of those other homes we would have been charging them with receiving stolen property and now we can use burglary first because the evidence is there," said Captain Chris Quire.

Deputies say they recovered stolen items in his vehicle related to the three burglary call and more evidence that links him to other burglaries.

Frankfort police and Kentucky State Police assisted in the investigations.

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