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September 24, 2009

Man indicted for burglaries at Grace Fellowship, Glass America

Ricky Allen,, 50, of London, who was accused of breaking into six different London businesses between January and August, was indicted on multiple charges Friday.

A Laurel County Grand Jury indicted Allen on burglary, theft, criminal mischief and persistent felony charges stemming from break-ins at Grace Fellowship Church and Glass America. In the indictment, Allen is accused of taking money, DVD’s, a camera, guitar and laptop computer from the church.

At Glass America, the indictment alleges, Allen took money and tools valued over $300.

Officials at Circuit Court Clerk Roger Schott’s office said other cases against Allen, including burglaries at The Sentinel-Echo, Beautiful You Photography and Dollar General Store, Sheppard’s Furniture and Kentucky Dermatology and Goodwill, have been continued.

In that same period, police said Allen broke into two vehicles, taking a Nintendo DS and two cell phones.

London Police Lt. Stewart Walker said on Aug. 22, police were called to investigate a domestic complaint at Allen’s apartment on Alsinger St. While at the apartment, police found some of the stolen items

“We found one of the cell phones and when we called the numbers in the phone, the people repeatedly told us ‘This is Ricky’s phone,’” Walker said.

Allen was arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center on $65,000 fully secured bond.

The grand jury also returned the following indictments:

• James Day, 23, Corbin, third-degree rape

• Steven T. Smith, 22, Lexington, second-degree rape (two counts), second-degree sodomy and unlawful use of electronic mean to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities

• Gayle Jeffery, 54, Pittsburg, program assistance fraud

• Michael Paul Smith, 26, London, theft by deception over $500 (two counts) and second-degree persistent felony offender

• Christena Hacker, 28, London, theft by deception over $500 (two counts)

• Christena Hacker, 28, London, theft by deception over $300

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