Theft cases seen by grand jury


Indictments come down

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Two Pathfork men who allegedly received stolen property on Sept. 10, were recently indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.

According to the true bills, on or about Sept. 10, Samuel R. Griffin, 31, and Manford Green Saylor, 33, received stolen property under $10,000 by receiving, retaining or disposing of a washer and dryer, stove, refrigerator, metal table top and television valued at approximately $3,500, which had been stolen from an individual’s home, and sold the items to Robbins Recycling for $129.40.

Saylor was also indicted for being a first-degree persistent felony offender. According to the true bill, that on or about the same date he received the stolen property, he committed the offense of first-degree persistent felony offender by being more than 21 years of age and have been convicted of two or more prior felonies.

A Middlesboro man was recently indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree persistent felony offender.

According to earlier reports, Kenneth Wayne Williams, 35, was arrested on June 20 by Middlesboro Lt. Tom Busic.

According to the arrest citation, Williams pulled up alongside a male while he was walking east on Cumberland Avenue on the north side of the street. Williams was eastbound and pulled across traffic to pull up alongside the male and accused him of working for law enforcement. Williams then pulled out while the male was still walking eastbound, pulled up again and grabbed the males cell phone and hand in an attempt to take it.

The citation states Williams then drug the male alongside his car and then ran over his left hand. Busic observed the male fall away from Williams car and roll. Busic then observed Williams make a u-turn and come back in the direction of the male who threw an object at the vehicle. Williams then sped off, Busic stopped the vehicle and retrieved the cell phone.

Williams was also charged with three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. According the the citation, Williams had two $10 bills and one $20 bill in his wallet, separate from his regular money.

Others indicted include:

* Michael Allen Bennett, 19, of Middlesboro, was indicted for three counts of theft by unlawful taking over $500 for allegedly stealing several televisions from Walmart on May 3, 2015.

According to the arrest citation, Bennett was seen taking a 55-inch TV from electronics. He passed all points of purchase and exited out the door without paying for the item.

Police say Bennett was also observed on camera on two different occasions, once with a 55-inch TV valued at $1,298 and again with a 60-inch TV valued at $1,798.

The citation states police recovered two of the TVs that were taken from Walmart. The one that wasn’t recovered is valued at $1,298. He was arrested by Middlesboro Officer Chuck Bruce.

*Jesse Eugene Lowe, 35, of Pineville, theft by unlawful taking over $500. According to the true bill, Lowe was hired to repair a vehicle and was paid $1,200 in cash for repairs on or about Dec. 15, 2014, and failed to repair the vehicle and/or return the money and removed the battery out of the vehicle without permission;

*Travis Lee Mullins, 40, of Pineville, theft by unlawful taking over $500. According to the true bill, Mullins unlawfully took towels, wash cloths, dish towels and cloths, various cookware, dish and silverware, crock pot, home interior wall decorations and two sewing machines, valued at approximately $1,009.

All of the indictments are set for Aug. 21.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

Indictments come down

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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