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Blackey man is charged in separate theft cases

Keith E. Rogers, 37, of Iris Hill in Blackey, was charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking in two separate cases.

Rogers was accused in a warrant of stealing a Kawasaki 300 ATV valued at $600 from a home on Main Street of Blackey on Sept. 27. He was served with that warrant after being arrested at the home of another neighbor.

According to the arrest citation, KSP Trooper Jason Bates received a call from the Hazard Post that Ashley Jones of Iris Hill had called to report she was at work about 9:15 a.m., Oct. 10, when she checked her security cameras on her phone and saw Keith Rogers inside her residence. Bates said in the citation that when he arrived, he checked both doors and noticed pry marks on the back door. He said he walked around the house and found Rogers sitting on the basement steps ment steps looking at his phone.

Bates said Rogers said he was looking for a Wifi signal, and when Bates asked if he lived there he said he did not. Bates said he searched Rogers and found two sets of keys in his pocket, one of which Rogers said he found on the porch and was going to return to the owner. When Jones arrived, she identified the keys as a set she kept in a drawer in her bedroom, the citation says. She then showed Bates the video from the security cameras, and he arrested Rogers.

Bates said Rogers agreed to talk after being read his rights, and admitted to breaking in the back door and going through the house, stealing items from drawers. According to the citation, Rogers said he heard Bates coming and ran out through the basement door, leaving a bag of stolen items behind. Bates said he found a bag in the basement that contained cell phones, undergarments and other items valued at around $150.

Rogers was taken to the Letcher County Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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