A Harlan man is facing multiple charges including theft of a firearm after allegedly stealing handguns out of multiple vehicles.
Ricky Austin Britt, 19, was arrested on Thursday by Loyall City Police Chief Mike Lunsford.
According to Lunsford, the case began with an arrest earlier this year involving a handgun.
“During that investigation, we had actually learned that Ricky Britt was involved in another theft in Harlan,” Lunsford said. “He got into a 1994 Ford Ranger and took a Taurus .38 special revolver.”
Lunsford said he recovered the .38 caliber handgun.
“In the same area, he also took a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun out of another vehicle, a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze,” Lunsford said. “The revolver we recovered belongs to Jerry Adams. The second gun…it’s not been recovered yet but we had enough evidence to charge him. It belongs to Wendy Blanton.”
Lunsford said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been advised of the case.
“The ATF has been contacted because of the number of weapons that have been stolen here recently,” Lunsford explained. “We’re expecting there may be more charges pending, and maybe more arrests because there are some other individuals involved.”
Lunsford said he executed the arrest warrant near Carmike Cinema Four in Harlan.
“On the way to the jail, he was additionally charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in a legal process,” Lunsford said. “That stems from threats he made.”
According to the warrant, Britt had a 17-year-old juvenile helping him commit the crimes.
Britt was charged with theft by unlawful taking (firearm), second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.
In other police activity, Robert E. Brock Jr., 48, of Cawood, was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Wednesday. He was charged with cultivating marijuana five plants or more, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.
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