Whitesburg KY

Hearings set for Cowan couple charged with theft of building

Preliminary hearings are set for Thursday for a Cowan couple accused of stealing a portable storage unit and beauty shop supplies belonging to a Whitesburg cosmetology school.

Charlie Monroe Sturgill, 35, and Nadine Sturgill, 40, both of 750 Bartesta Branch, are scheduled to appear in Letcher District Court at 1 p.m. on April 14. Both are charged with receiving stolen property.

Police found two hydraulic salon chairs and a bag of rollers belonging to Jenny Lea Academy School of Cosmetology on the Sturgills’ porch around 10:30 p.m. on April 6 and hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons were found inside the residence, according to a citation.

The plastic building and many burnt papers were found about 100 yards from the residence, according to court documents. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said no files containing student information were in the building. Fields said all papers located in the storage unit had been burnt on the Sturgill property.

“All of the paper trail had been destroyed,” said Fields.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton was able to figure out the license plate number on a silver or gray four-door Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup seen in a photograph taken by police Sunday night. The photo was taken after a Kentucky State Police trooper drove up on a large container sitting on Highway 15 near the intersection of Business KY 15 and the Whitesburg Bypass, near Rite Aid, around 11 p.m. on Sunday.

State police contacted Whitesburg dispatch and Whitesburg police also responded to the intersection. Police and the Whitesburg Fire Department assisted until the roadway was clear.

Fields said the men with the storage unit were not acting suspiciously at the time, and that police had no reason to believe the container was stolen.

An employee with Jenny Lea Academy noticed a storage unit missing from behind the school last Tuesday and reported it stolen to police. The academy is not open on Mondays.

When police located the truck on the night of April 6. It had markings on it from transporting the portable storage unit, according to a citation.

The master lock found on the storage unit has been identified by employees at Jenny Lea Academy, said Fields.

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