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Police find suspect in the street following break-in at Owen County Sheriff’s Department

By Molly Haines

A Wheatley man has been arrested after allegedly breaking down a door at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office and stealing several items from inside.
Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said state road crew workers called the police during the early hours of Saturday morning to report a man standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, unwilling to move.
Chad A. Perkins, 27, was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place and taken to the sheriff’s office to be booked.
After arriving at the sheriff’s office, Alcorn said police realized the door to the office had been kicked in.
Officers soon realized that the items Perkins had been holding were probably items stolen from the sheriff’s office.
Alcorn said the items included a cable box, computer speakers, extension cords, magazines and a nameplate.
Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond was called to verify that the items had been stolen from the sheriff’s office.
Alcorn charged Perkins with third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.
At the time of Perkins’ arrest Saturday, there was a warrant out for him on a previous charge.
Perkins is also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving on a DUI-suspended license, and nonpayment of fines.