WOODBINE, Ky. (FOX 56) — Knox County authorities said the man accused of stealing fencing from a cemetery climbed through holes, barricaded himself, and hid in a wall to avoid arrest.
More than 150 feet of fencing were stolen from a cemetery on Aug. 19, according to Knox County authorities. The sheriff’s office asked for the public’s help in locating a suspect.
Through an investigation, The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said they learned the stolen fence and hardware were at the residence of Jason Taylor on Perkins Street in the Whitley County area of Woodbine.
Deputies said when they arrived at the residence, Taylor ran into an attached garage and barricaded himself in. As authorities prepared a search warrant, Taylor crawled out of the garage through a hole in the side and fled into the residence, where he barricaded himself inside along with a woman who was already in there.
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According to a news release, Whitley County deputies then responded to the residence with a search warrant and located the stolen fencing in a utility trailer behind Taylor’s residence.
After “several hours,” officials said deputies from Knox and Whitley counties entered the residence and immediately arrested 34-year-old Angela Taylor, the woman barricaded inside, and charged her with receiving stolen property and second-degree menacing and hindering prosecution.
An hour later, deputies said they located 39-year-old Jason Taylor hidden inside a wall in the residence. He was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, menacing, and second-degree fleeing or evading police.
Jason and Angela Taylor are lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Authorities in Knox County have launched an investigation into stolen cemetery fencing.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded on Aug. 19 to the Campbell Cemetery in Woodbine for complaints regarding stolen fencing materials.
Upon arrival, deputies determined that more than 150 feet of black-painted chain-link fence, seven fence posts, two 10-foot gates, and all the hardware were taken.
Anyone having any information concerning the theft or the current location of the materials should contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 546-3181 or Knox County Dispatch at (606) 546-3510.