Whitesburg KY

Man faces 19 burglary counts

A Cromona man is scheduled to appear in Letcher District Court Thursday to answer to 19 burglary charges.

Dylan M. Wright, 22, of 4649 KY Highway 805, is accused of breaking into 16 motor vehicles, two garages and one residence in the Webb Branch community of Letcher County in the early hours of June 24.

Kentucky State Police began receiving calls around 8 a.m. on June 24 from people reporting that items had been stolen from them.

Some of the vehicles that were broken into were left unlocked. Glass was broken out of some of the vehicles that were locked. The home and two garages were also broken into.

Stolen items included global positioning system (GPS), power tools, air tools, televisions, chainsaws and air compressors.

Wright was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. last Tuesday when he lost control of the truck he was driving and crashed on KY 805 between Neon and Jenkins. Several items that had been stolen were thrown out of the truck upon impact, and people who had items stolen from them earlier that morning arrived on the scene and recognized their property, said Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Caudill.

Wright told police that he had bought all of the items in Bull Creek before changing his story to Indian Creek, according to information contained in an arrest citation.

The stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners, Caudill said.

A search warrant was obtained later June 24 and, said Caudill, a shotgun, Social Security card and other items were found inside Wright’s residence.

The investigation of the crimes committed by Wright has been a joint effort between KSP and the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department.

Wright is charged with 17 counts of second- degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of theft by unlawful taking (firearm), possession of burglary tools and possessing stolen vital statistics certificate.

Wright remains in the Letcher County Jail. Bond is $500,000 cash.

A preliminary hearing for Wright is set for 1 p.m. July 3.

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