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Weapons cache swiped from North Main gun store

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By Ben Carlson

About $5,000 worth of firearms was stolen last week from the Anderson Armory gun store on North Main Street in Lawrenceburg, according to a report released by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

Det. Mike Schell with the Lawrenceburg Police Department said 13 handguns and one long gun were stolen, but no ammunition.

He said the case has been turned over to the federal department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, due to the number of weapons stolen.

Police said the guns were stolen between Sunday night, Jan. 20, and Monday morning, Jan. 21.

Schell said as of Tuesday morning none had been recovered. He said he's optimistic, however, that some might be found because the store's owner maintained a file of serial numbers on each gun. That allows ATF to enter the guns on the Law Enforcement Network of Kentucky through the National Crime Information Center.

"Those guns can be tracked nationwide," Schell said. "If another [police] agency runs a check on any of those guns, it would come back to having been stolen in Lawrenceburg in January."

The Lawrenceburg Police Department, through its Crimestoppers program, is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved with the theft.

Those with information are asked to call 839-6969. All calls remain anonymous.

The reward amount depends on the committee that oversees the Crimestoppers program, but Schell said the amount could reasonably be as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

"The committee bases rewards on how serious the crime is and obviously, this is very serious. We don't need guns like that floating around out there."

Lt. Chris Atkins of the Lawrenceburg Police Department is investigating the theft.

Anderson Armory is located at 853 North Main St., in a building that also contains a hair salon and skateboard shop.

Other arrests and ongoing investigations announced by Lawrenceburg police include:

Jan. 16

A 13-year-old Lawrenceburg girl was charged with theft by unlawful taking after allegedly shoplifting $52.95 worth of makeup from the Kroger grocery store in Lawrenceburg. Officer Matt Rogers responded to the complaint, and reportedly found the stolen items in the girl's purse.

Jan. 19

John D. Morgan, 43, of Lexington, was charged with reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence, second offense and resisting arrest following a traffic stop on Hilltop Drive. He was arrested by Officer Teddy Melton.

Wanda L. Cooper, 52, of Louisville, was charged with shoplifting $15.37 worth of items from the Goodwill store in Lawrenceburg. She was arrested by Officer Nathan Doty.

Jan. 21

A suspect has been identified but not named after a Harrodsburg Road resident reported that someone stole and forged a $40 check on her account at a local bank. Det. Mike Schell is investigating the incident.

A suspect has been identified following a complaint from a Gailane Street resident that someone took a set of wheels and did not return them.

A search warrant has been obtained, and Det. Mike Schell is investigating.

Jan. 22

Robert W. Netherton, 37, of Frankfort, was charged with shoplifting after he was found with $59.96 worth of unpaid merchandise from Wal-Mart in Lawrenceburg.

He was arrested by Officer Josh Satterly.

Jan. 23

John F. Ricke, 45, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, following a traffic stop on Broadway by Officer David Patterson.

A passenger in the vehicle, Thomas L. Rakestraw, 46, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with alcohol intoxication and illegal possession of a "legend" drug, a drug that cannot legally be obtained without a doctor's prescription.

Latasha N. Stevens, 26, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, and driving on a suspended license following a traffic stop on Whirlaway Lane.

She was arrested by Officer Jeremy Cornish.