Two arrested in vehicle theft

Barbourville Police officers put two men behind bars in connection to a home burglary and stolen vehicle.

On October 26, the Barbourville Police Department was notified that a local home was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen.

Brandon Warren

According to victim statements, the homeowner had laid down for a nap and awoke to discover a purse missing from the dining area of the house. Upon further inspection, it was discovered the Lexus SUV parked outside had been taken by someone entering through a window.

On October 27 before noon, officers were notified that credit cards from the stolen purse had been used in the area and that one transaction was very recent at a location of South KY 11. One officer drove the road in an unmarked vehicle searching for the stolen Lexus, which he eventually passed.

Carmen Yates

After notifying nearby units, officers were able to stop traffic through a construction area and surround the stolen SUV, taking the occupants into custody.

The driver, Carmen Yates of Barbourville, is charged with second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, theft/receiving stolen credit/debit cards, possession of credit/debit card in violation of KRS, first-degree criminal mischief and theft of identity. Passenger Brandon Warren is charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000. Both were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Assisting in the investigation and arrest were Chief Winston Tye, patrolman Eric Martin, sergeant Robert Brown, patrolman Chad Wagner, patrolman Adam Townsley and detective Steve Owens.