2 arrested for theft


Man and woman also face drug charges

Staff Report



A man and a woman are facing multiple charges including theft by unlawful taking after police received a theft complaint.

James R. Collett, 47, and Amy R. Kilbourne, 36, both of Cumberland, were arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Winston Yeary on Monday.

According to a press release, Harlan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Winston Yeary Jr. responded to a theft complaint from the Totz community. It was reported Collett and Kilbourne had stolen a purse containing credit cards and scheduled narcotics from the residence of John Taylor. The pair then fled the scene in a dark Blue Chevrolet HHR with temporary Virginia tags. A description of the vehicle was radioed to the Cumberland City Police Department and the vehicle was stopped in Cumberland by CPD Officer Mark Saylor. It was discovered through investigation Kilbourne was operating the vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Police searched Kilbourne and located a small container with pills on her person. Collett was also arrested for being under the influence and pills were located in his sock. Several items of drug paraphernalia were found throughout the vehicle. A search of the vehicle located the pills which had been reported stolen. Also discovered in the vehicle was a large quantity of brand new tools, which the two had been attempting to sell. Upon questioning, it was discovered that the two had purchased the tools with credit cards that belonged to Kilbourne’s grandmother Nellie Miles, of Partridge. Miles later stated that she did not give them the cards nor did they have permission to use them.

Amy Kilbourne was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft by unlawful taking.

James Collett was charged with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by unlawful taking.

The case is still under investigation.

The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Cumberland Police Department and the Harlan Police Department.

Man and woman also face drug charges

Staff Report

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