Register staff report
MADISON COUNTY —
A news account of a Garrard County home invasion and communication between Garrard and Madison sheriffs’ deputies led to a break in the investigation of a string of Madison County burglaries.
In January, the Madison County Sheriff's Department began investigating a series of seemingly related burglaries around the county, according to Deputy Willard Reardon
In some witness accounts, a black sport utility vehicle was seen leaving the areas where burglaries had occurred, Reardon stated in a news release.
Investigators also found that similar entry methods often were used and the same types of items were taken, wrote Reardon, spokesperson for Sheriff Jerry Combs.
Several burglaries also took place at similar times and in the same general area. Road deputies were already watching for a black SUV when the breakthrough occurred, Readon said.
After hearing that Jarred Pitman, who was wounded in the Garrard home invasion, was driving a black SUV, a Madison County deputy called an acquaintance on the Garrard force.
A Madision sheriff’s detective then interviewed Pitman at the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he was being treated, and he confessed to several Madison County burglaries, Reardon said.
Pitman was found to have sold several pieces of jewelry taken in burglaries here to pawn shops in Nicholasville, Lexington, Richmond, Berea and London from which it was recovered, according to the sheriff’s news release.
Also, investigators discovered Pitman had sold or traded electronics stolen in Madison County to other individuals, Reardon said.
Televisions, guns and other electronics that linked Pitman to other burglaries were later seized from those individuals. Some in possession of the stolen the property were already under investigation by Madison County narcotic detectives, and drug charges were filed against two of them, Reardon said. Search warrants then led to the recovery of additional property, he said.
Several burglary victims have been able to retrieve stolen property, and the sheriff’s department is currently identifying the owners of the remaining property that was recovered.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department charged Jarred Pitman with one count of first-degree burglary, seven counts of second-degree burglary, one count of felony theft by deception, two counts of misdemeanor theft by deception.
Dessie Hyatt also faces a felony receiving stolen property charge in connection with the burglaries. However, the investigation continues.