By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Four people accused of stealing from and damaging an East Bernstadt store were indicted by a Laurel grand jury last week.
Brian W. Fields, 33, 35-year-old Robert D. Kazee, 22-year-old Freddy W. Scalf, all of London, and 35-year-old Bobby J. Murray of Corbin, were named in the five count indictment for the theft.
On January 31, rolled coins were taken from A&B Quick Stop, a northern county business. Fields allegedly damaged the ceiling of the store during the theft.
Fields, who lists an address of 855 Roy Dugger Road in London, and Kazee were also indicted for being first-degree persistent felony offenders. Fields has six prior felony convictions ranging from burglary in 2001 to possessing a firearm in Laurel County. He has a felony conviction from Champaign County, Ohio for “illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacturing of drugs” in 2006, which ran with a Laurel County case in which he was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance in 2007. Kazee, of 126 Foster Heights in London, has three previous felony convictions, all in Laurel County, that include fraudulent use of a credit card, wanton endangerment and fleeing police, and fourth offense driving under the influence.
Bobby J. Murray, of 612 Tyler Trail in Corbin, has two prior felony offenses for burglary and theft by unlawful taking in Laurel County and was charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Fields, whose name is also spelled as Bryan Fields, was captured on February 3 after an investigation of his whereabouts. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Unit (SRU) located Fields at a Jackson Road residence where he was reportedly hiding out.
Fields was reportedly a suspect in the theft of an aluminum boat and two fuel tanks stolen from a tractor-trailer on Twin Branch Road. Fields allegedly sold the items to a scrap metal business in Laurel County. Deputies went to investigate the theft and learned Fields was at his aunt’s home on Jackson Road.
But when deputies and the SRU arrived at the home, no one answered the door, even though deputies identified Fields’ truck parked at the home and footprints in the snow leading from the vehicle to the front door. The SRU unit gained entry into the home, where they discovered Fields hiding in a crawl space in the attic. The fugitive continued his flight from justice, however, refusing to come out of his hiding spot and forcing deputies to physically remove him. Fields continued to resist being taken into custody, struggling with law enforcement during his arrest.
Fields was charged with the theft from A&B Quick Stop and receiving stolen property of the metal items from Twin Branch Road.
Kazee was also in the home during this incident, and he was arrested on charges of theft as well as hindering prosecution or apprehension for refusing to open the door to law enforcement.
Scalf and Murray were added to the indictment during the presentation of evidence to the Laurel grand jury. All four were placed under a $10,000 fully secured bond and scheduled for a hearing in Laurel Circuit Court on March 24.
An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.