Register Staff Report
Police on Friday charged Christopher D. Lainhart, 28, of East Irvine Street, in connection with multiple burglaries in Richmond and Estill County.
About 5:25 a.m. on Dec. 25, officers responded to a burglary report at Bluegrass BP Food Mart on Berea Road according to a Richmond Police Department report.
Upon arrival, officers found the front door glass had been broken out. They checked the building but found no one inside.
A representative of the business was called to the scene and determined that more than $17,500 worth of tobacco products, energy shots, Zig-Zag rolls and cash from a broken claw machine had been stolen.
Investigating officers later received information from the Kentucky State Police identifying Lainhart as a suspect, the report stated.
Thursday evening RPD and KSP officers assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives located Lainhart at his residence.
During a search of the premises, the officers located items which had been stolen in an Estill County burglary, as well as two small baggies of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.
After interviewing Lainhart, RPD charged him with third-degree burglary in connection with the Bluegrass BP break in. He was also charged with third-degree attempted burglary of the Irvine Road Redi Mart on Jan. 12.
"In addition, Lainhart was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property under $10,000.
Lainhart was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, but was released Monday, according to the jail’s online records.