LAUREL COUNTY – A Corbin man and woman accused of stealing from a local veteran’s post on multiple occasions are each scheduled for a preliminary hearing next week to allow for a judge to determine if the case shows probable cause, which would send the case on to a Laurel County grand jury.
Lawrence Mullis, 48, and Rebecca Bates, 36, both appeared in Laurel District Court for arraignment Wednesday, where not guilty pleas were entered on their behalves. Mullis faces charges of two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment. Bates faces charges of two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000, trafficking in marijuana less than 8 ounces and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment.
The pair was arrested Tuesday morning following an investigation by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department concerning multiple burglaries at the AMVETS Post 127 off South Laurel Road. The investigation led them to a Mullis and Bates’ shared residence off KY 1223, where deputies allegedly found property belonging to the post, according to a press release. More property was also found at a location on Standard Avenue.
A large safe, a smaller safe, a dollar change machine, a knife, a fishing pole meant for raffle drawing and several drills were recovered.
In addition, while deputies were recovering the stolen property, they allegedly found drugs in the kitchen area of the pair’s residence of KY 1223, where it was easily accessible to two juvenile children who were in the home at the time.
Mullis and Bates are set for a preliminary hearing June 11 at 11 a.m. If the judge presiding over the case determines that there is probable cause that a crime was committed, the case will be sent on to the grand jury where prosecutors will attempt to indict the pair on their charges.
Mullis and Bates currently remain jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under a $10,000 and $5,000 cash bond, respectively.
Police say there could still be more arrests made in connection to the alleged incident.