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Three arrested in break-ins case

SALYERSVILLE – Three of the four suspects in the recent break-ins case are now behind bars, with an arrest warrant still pending on the fourth.

Leonard Ray Blair, 27, of Hager Hill; James Craft, 28 of Auxier; and Jarred I. Hendricks, 24, of Van Lear were all picked up in Floyd County within the past week on six first-degree criminal mischief charges and three counts of third-degree burglary charges.

On January 6, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Reggie Gosser received a call from dispatch of a theft at China Express in Salyersville. The glass had been broken out of the side door and the cash register was stolen, according to the warrant.

While Gosser was investigating at China Express on the Parkway, another deputy arrived and told him about a similar theft at Betty’s Pizza, on Parkway Drive, where their cash register had also been stolen and the front door was damaged. 

Law enforcement received a similar call that Pony Express, in Royalton, had the glass broken out of the front door. 

There was another damaged door at Hill Top Games, on Route 7, and a window was shot out at Napa (West Maple Street). 

The Hornet’s Nest, also located on Route 7, reported a break-in around the same time, having damages to a door and window and a cash register taken from the business. 

Via surveillance video from Betty’s Pizza, Kentucky State Police Trooper Darvin Marsillett recognized a vehicle and spoke to the owner, who gave law enforcement a verbal statement that he was the driver the night the crimes occurred and admitted to the actions, naming two of his accomplices as Shawn M. Easley and Leonard Blair, according to the warrants.

The amount of the damages and stolen items in the alleged crimes totaled over $1,000.

Shawn Easley, 27, of Sitka, is wanted on the same charges, six counts of first-degree criminal mischief and three counts of third-degree burglary.

Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery said Easley is believed to be with his girlfriend, Jessica R. Minix, 28, of Salyersville. Law enforcement believes the two may be out of the county and note that individuals and/or family members may be protecting Minix. Since she is also wanted on a warrant for allegedly passing an unloading school bus, police are looking into making arrests for interfering with governmental operations. 

Blair, Craft and Hendricks are currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, and are due in court for a preliminary hearing on February 19 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.

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