Arrests made in burglaries

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FAR MIDDLE FORK – Three are behind bars and face charges related to a string of recent burglaries.

According to the three arrest warrants, the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Department received a call about an alleged burglary that had taken place at the bottom of the Lark Arnett Hill on September 8. 

The victim told police a building had been broken into, causing damages estimated over $1,000 and property taken, though several of the items have since been recovered. 

Another victim reported to police that her home had been broken into on the same day, causing damages and with items stolen from the home. 

After talking to several neighbors in the area, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Officer Reggie Gosser noted in the warrants that he had received some tips regarding the case and where some of the items could be located. He went to the location and found some of the stolen items. 

A witness told Gosser that he saw Teresa Salyer and Mitchell Shepherd coming from the area where the burglary took place with some knives that were stolen, looking at them on the hood of a truck. 

Another witness reportedly told Gosser that he had given Mitchell Shepherd a ride on Back Branch and they came upon John Montgomery and Teresa Salyer, and the three reportedly talked about what they had done “down Middle Fork when they broke into the house and building and took some of the stuff to Campton to sell.” 

The same witness said Shepherd gave another person a leather bag of change during a transaction between the two, with Gosser noting in the warrants that one of the victims’ items stolen included a bag full of change. 

As far as damages, one victim stated water had been poured over her belongings inside her residence, another had a busted window and damaged door, and another had damages to two trailers that the defendants allegedly attempted to burglarize on the same day. 

Mitchell Shepherd reportedly had told someone where the stolen property was located and those items were found at the location he had said, which was where John Montgomery lives. 

John R. Montgomery, 37, and Teresa K. Salyer, 41, both of Salyersville, were arrested on Far Middle Fork on Saturday, October 21, and Mitchell W. Shepherd, 29, also of Salyersville, was arrested on KY Rt. 378 on Monday, October 23. The three are charged with two counts of first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felonies), third-degree criminal mischief (a Class B misdemeanor), second-degree burglary (a Class C felony), and third-degree burglary (a Class D felony). 

At press time, the three are still being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, each with a $10,000 cash bond. They are due back in court for a preliminary hearing on October 30 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.