Arjay robber held at gunpoint until law enforcement arrives
From the Bell County Sheriff's Department -
On Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at approximately 12:32pm, Bell County Deputy Edward Dray was dispatched to a Red Hill Swanner Road residence in Arjay, Kentucky in response to an active burglary complaint.
Bell County Dispatch advised that caller, Tim Hobart Mills of Highway 223 had traveled to the residence property belonging to his mother. Mills stated to dispatch that a man, later identified as 38 year old Harold Ray Jones of Arjay, was inside a shed located on the premises and that he (Mills) had him at gunpoint, awaiting the arrival of law enforcement.
Upon arrival, Deputy Dray witnessed Jones at gunpoint by Tim Mills along with his brother James Mills as a witness outside on the premises. Deputy Dray then placed Jones in handcuffs and requested verbal consent to search him which was given.
The search revealed various small tools commonly used for committing/facilitating forcible entry into a premises. In addition, the search revealed a small red jewelry box, which contained a small assortment of jewelry, belonging to the victim, which was later returned. Jones told the deputy that he was recently involved within a family altercation and was simply trying to get away from them. He also denied any accusations of burglary.
Further Investigation revealed that Harold Jones had driven a Honda ATV to the premises and that the rear window of the home had been shattered, allowing forced entry. Inside the residence, directly beside the broken window, was a large quantity of household items placed in preparation for theft. Two suitcases were found loaded with the victim's property, one of which contained a large assortment of jewelry. Also found was a chest loaded onto the rear of Jones' ATV.
Harold Ray Jones was then placed under arrest and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with:
Burglary, 3rd Degree,
Possession of Burglary Tools,
Criminal Trespass, 2nd Degree,
Criminal Mischief, 3rd Degree.
He is being held without bond.
Bell County deputy Max Graves assisted on scene.