On Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at approximately 12:30 PM, Laurel County 911 received a call about an audible alarm going off at the Fitzpatrick’s Furniture store on US HWY 25 in the Corbin community of Laurel County.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Chris McQueen was at his residence when he heard the alarm and went to check it out. Upon arrival, he discovered a box truck that had been driven through the inside of the furniture store in an apparent burglary attempt.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered the box truck used to commit the burglary was owned by the furniture store. After watching video surveillance footage, a female suspect was identified as Penny J. Barnes, 44, of Corbin. Her physical and vehicle description was given to local law enforcement agencies in an attempt to locate her. At approximately 2:40 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by London Police Department that an Officer had located Barnes and arrested her on an unrelated complaint.
Barnes was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center and charged with Burglary, 3rd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking Auto-$10,000 or more.
Trooper Millard Root is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Officer McQueen and London Police Department.