Five arrested after Auxier burglary spree

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

March 18, 2014

AUXIER — Five people have been arrested following a string of home burglaries last week in Auxier.

Officers with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, made the arrests Friday night.

According to Sheriff John K Blackburn, burglars broke into six homes in the former coal camp, smashing through doors and windows to gain entry. The thieves took a wide variety of items, including Zippo lighters, a laptop computer, a home stereo system, air compressors and over 70 Case knives. In one instance, a dog was also taken.

As of Monday, Blackburn said over half of the stolen items — including the dog — had been returned to their original owners.

Blackburn held out hope that more stolen items would soon be found and returned.

“We’re still doing some investigation, and there could be some more arrests for receiving stolen property,” Blackburn said.

Three people were arrested on theft and burglary charges, for allegedly staging the break-ins. They include Everett Haney Jr., 23, of Staffordsville; Chris Dingus, 18, of Auxier; and Joseph N. Tussey, 20, of Auxier. Each faces one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of second-degree burglary.

Two more people who allegedly bought the items from the alleged burglars, then attempted to destroy the evidence, also face criminal charges. They include Michael Wallen, 20, and John Rose, 18, both of Auxier. They are each charged with one count of receiving stolen property and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Blackburn made the arrests with deputies Roger Collins, Steve Montgomery and Victor Goble, along with assistance from CVE.