August 13, 2013

Pillowcase thief pleads

Jewelry stolen from tri-county homeowners

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


One of the men involved in several residential burglaries in which jewelry was taken and stashed inside a pillow case pled guilty last week.

Timothy Taylor, 32, of Bray’s Chapel Road in Williamsburg, was recommended to serve a 30-year sentence on Monday following his guilty plea to the burglary charges.

A rash of burglaries in the tri-county area initiated an intense search for the culprits in late 2011. Victims included homeowners from Laurel, Knox and Whitley counties. Taylor and 28-year-old Larry Shelton of Red Witt Road, also in Williamsburg, were arrested on Dec. 1, 2011 with the burglaries in Laurel County. Victims of those burglaries included a residence on Park Drive and one on McWhorter Road. They were charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Taylor and Shelton were indicted by a Laurel grand jury but also faced charges from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Office  for burglaries in that county. The two were also suspected of burglaries occurring in Clark County, totaling more than 20 burglaries between September and December 2011.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Tommy Johnston led the investigation and made the arrests of the two men.