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Storage unit thieves in custody.

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

From WRIL -

Today two men were taken into custody after a multi-jurisdictional capture was made for break-ins at several storage units in three states. WRIL was on scene for the arrests.

(pictures from previous arrests in 2018 from the Bell County Detention Center)

The Bell County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department and the Lee County Virginia Sheriff’s Department served arrest warrants on 33 year old Proctor Jones of Fourmile and 33 year old Mikel Ray Taylorwith a last known address of Middlesboro. The two were charged with Burglary 3rd degree.

Authorities descended on a Coleman camper set up on a lot on Stewart Branch in the Wallsend Community to arrest the men. Once in custody deputies began taking inventory of the site along with it's contents. The camper which turned out to be stolen from New Tazewell, Tennessee approximately three months ago.

A burned area marked the spot where it appeared that some stolen items from at least two units had been destroyed. Inside the camper was found bolt cutters and more stolen items. During the course of the investigation it was also discovered that the two men had a storage unit in Pineville that was to be inventoried possibly containing several stolen items. As of this report that inventory had not happened.

The storage units broken into in Bell County Kentucky are Highway 119 Storage and Capps Storage. In Claiborne County Tennessee, Sheriff Bob Brooks tells WRIL that 14 units were broken into in Cumberland Gap. There were also several in Lee County Virginia.

Many who were watching our live coverage actually identified some of their belongings during the incident. Bell County Deputy Adam Southern who lead the investigation said that victims will have an opportunity to identify their belongings soon, but has not give an exact time.

We expect a press release from the Bell County Sheriff's Department soon with more details.

If you have been a victim of these crimes, please contact Bell County Dispatch to arrange a time to come and identify your belongings at 606-337-6174.

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