June 11, 2013

Man robbed while at jury duty

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The justice system came full circle for a Laurel man, who became a victim of a crime while he was serving on jury duty.

The victim, whose identity is not being released, came home Wednesday around 4 p.m., after a day at the Laurel County Judicial Center and noticed that a stainless steel grill was missing from his front porch.

Laurel Sheriff’s Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes answered the call and went to the victim’s home on Ky. 552 in the Lily community, about seven miles south of London.

Through an investigation, the deputies got a description of a suspect and a possible description of a vehicle that might have been involved in the theft. The deputies were familiar with the description of the older model pickup truck described by the neighbors and drove to the suspect’s home on Riverside Loop, also in the Lily community.

There they found items in the back of the pickup truck associated with the theft and arrested 44-year-old Rodney D. Jones of Riverside Loop and 26-year-old Joshua Baker of Sepulvada Boulevard, both in Lily, on charges of receiving stolen property. Both were lodged in the Laurel Detention Center.

But justice prevailed for the victim, when the deputies located the stolen grill at a Corbin pawn shop the following day. Through the cooperation of the pawn shop owner, the deputies returned the grill back to its rightful owner.