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December 20, 2012

Arrest made for thefts from cars

Items taken during night in recent rash

Somerset —  

A Pulaski County man was arrested this week in connection with a rash of thefts in the county — and he’s facing additional charges after investigators discovered his alleged connection with thefts in the city limits.
Kyle David Phipps, 23, was arrested Wednesday after detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department connected him with a series of car break-ins in the Oak Hill, Slate Branch and Bourbon Road areas. 
Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said about 15 unlocked cars had been entered over a two-night period. Not all of them have actually had items taken from them, however; about half of them have had valuables that were being kept inside go missing.
“Sometimes people looked through the cars to see if there was anything they wanted to take,” said Wood. “People indicated they could tell their car had been gone through even though nothing was missing.
“Unfortunately, we have people out all hours of the night, people on foot,” he added. “People are just walking up to residence and simply pulling on (car) doors. They’re not breaking the windows to get inside, they’re just finding unlocked doors and going through the vehicles.”
Items reported stolen include electronics, clothing items, money, hunting equipment and firearms. 
Surveillance video taken of a male using a stolen gift card at a local store led detectives to identify the suspect as Phipps, and they took him into custody at his home at Oxford Apartments in Somerset. 
“Phipps admitted his involvement in the thefts and assisted in the recovery of some of the stolen property, including several handguns,” stated Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker through a press release. 
Phipps was arrested and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. Whitaker said the sheriff’s department charged him with three counts of felony theft of a firearm. 

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