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Man, woman charged with burglary

Two people were charged Monday with burglary after the owners of a property at Bottom Fork reported that someone was breaking into a detached garage.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said deputies arrived at 1034 Highway 3406 to find Andora Smith, 58, coming out of the garage with a scooter and several garden tools, and Homer Rose III, 49, coming out with a set of motorcycle handlebars. Stines said when it became clear that they were going to be arrested, Rose dropped the handlebars and ran. Deputies caught him, and charged him with third-degree burglary and second-degree fleeing and evading officers on foot.

Smith, who lives in a double-wide on the same property, was charged with third-degree burglary. Smith recently completed a sentence after pleading guilty to drug charges in February 2020.

After Rose’s arrest, deputies found he was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court to answer a charge of driving on a license that had been suspended for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The property where the arrests occurred has been a familiar location to police. Under previous sheriff Danny Webb, deputies confiscated nearly four pounds of methamphetamine from Smith’s ex-husband, Danny Bob Collins, and his daughter Samantha Collins at the same double-wide. Kentucky State Police are also investigating a death on the property after another of Smith’s ex-husbands, Ricky L. Crawford, was found dead in the driveway on February 10.

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