February 25, 2014

Two indicted for gun thefts

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A series of burglaries last year — most of which involved thefts of guns — has resulted in the indictments of two Laurel men.

A Laurel grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against 25-year-old William J. Marshall of 4899 Keavy Road in London on Friday on charges of burglary and theft by unlawful taking. The thefts took place between September and December 2013.

In September, Marshall is accused of breaking into a residence and taking a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol, valued at less than $500. Between October and November, he repeated the act at another residence, taking guns and jewelry valued over $10,000. His third act was to break into another residence sometime between November 28 and 30, in which he took silverware and jewelry worth more than $10,000.

His fourth burglary came between December 4 and 5, when he allegedly took jewelry and money from  another home. Marshall is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary because he possessed a gun during the crimes, two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of theft by unlawful taking under $500, one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000, and two counts of theft over $10,000.

Marshall was arrested on December 8 and remains incarcerated. His bond is listed as $10,000 cash on one charge and $25,000 cash on another. The same bond was continued during Friday’s court hearing. His next court date is set for March 24 at 10 a.m. for a pretrial hearing.

A second indictment involving stolen guns was handed down against 55-year-old Lloyd James McWhorter of Little Arthur Ridge Road in East Bernstadt. According to the indictment, McWhorter faces six counts of receiving stolen property for the guns stolen by Marshall. McWhorter, on December 17, possessed a Smith and Wesson .44 caliber pistol, Smith and Wesson Hammerless .38 caliber pistol, an AMT Hardballer .45 caliber semi-automatic, and two Ruger 357 Security 6 pistols — all of which had been stolen from a victim of Marshall’s burglaries, as well as a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic belonging to another victim.

In addition, McWhorter also possessed a Glock 10 mm on December 17 that had been reported stolen from the Miami County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department and was valued over $500 but less than $10,000.

McWhorter’s bond was set at $5,000 cash. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing in Laurel Circuit Court on March 24 at 9 a.m.

An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.

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