• John McGary, Woodford Sun News Editor

Arrest made in charity thefts

The Versailles Police Department (VPD) has made one arrest and anticipates another soon in the case of two men accused of stealing from three charity donation containers at Ace Hardware on March 23.

Versailles Assistant Police Chief Mike Murray said Jeremy R. Walton, 22, was arrested at his mother’s home and charged with third-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Murray said Walton confessed to the crime and, as of Tuesday morning, was lodged in the Woodford County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Walton and the other suspect allegedly broke into Ace Hardware during the early morning hours of March 23 and emptied charity boxes for Cops For Kids (of which Murray is the local president), the Woodford Humane Society and the Children’s Miracle Network. An unknown amount of money was taken.

Murray said the pair used a device to reposition a security camera, but recovered images were posted on the VPD’s Facebook page that led to tips and Walton’s eventual arrest.

“We can always depend on the public,” Murray said.

Murray said they hope to arrest the other suspect by the end of this week.

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