Owner: Man breaks into Lexington liquor store twice in one morning
The owner of Signature Wine and Liquor on South Limestone in Lexington had quite a wake up call Thursday morning. Tarun Soundh says his store was broken into twice on Thursday in the matter of four hours.
Lexington Police say a witness heard a glass window break and saw a man running out of the store around 5:30 in the morning. Police say they later found Randall L. McKinney, 46, sitting between two vehicles holding a bottle of vodka.
Soundh says he boarded up the broken glass door while police took McKinney to the hospital. Soundh says within a matter of four hours, his alarm company called him about another possible break in. When Soundh arrived to his store he said he found McKinney sitting on the floor with more cuts on his body holding an opened bottle of liquor.
"It's this ongoing process with the homeless people around this area, that all of our businesses felt," says Soundh.
Earlier this week, WKYT reported on a new social media page that creators claimed would bring awareness to the issue of homelessness along South Limestone. The Instagram account, "Limestonebumparty," shows pictures of homeless people and some of the issues the business owners believe the homeless cause. The creator said half a dozen business owners contribute to it and that they're trying to bring attention to a serious problem.
Soundh says there have been too many burglaries to count in his four-plus years at the South Limestone location. He says despite these issues, he has no intentions of moving his business.
Police have charged McKinney with third degree burglary.