By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
An Estill County man was held prisoner in his home on Burton-Williams Road by a couple of masked males claiming to be police officers.
James Davis reported to the Estill County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 18 that he was lying on his couch in his living room when he heard a knock at his door. As he opened the door two men wearing ski masks entered waving pistols and shouting “police” according to the report taken by Deputy Brad Smith.
The report also stated the subjects asked to see Davis’ identification and he told them it was on the coffee table. One of the subjects then took Davis’ wallet and all its contents.
One of the men pulled out a roll of duct tape and used it to bind Davis’ hands behind his back. Davis said the men told him they knew he had drugs there and seemed to be disappointed when he only had heart medicine.
The report stated the men asked Davis if he had any guns and he gave them a 22 caliber handgun he described as black with a long barrell and a cherry handle. He told the deputy he did everything they asked him to because he was afraid they would kill him as they pointed guns at his head several times and threatened to kill him.
He said when they were ready to leave, they told him to lay on the floor and not get up for 30 minutes. He said he waited for what he thought was more than 30 minutes before going to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
The wallet that was taken contained $146, Davis’ food stamp card and social security card. The total value of items lost was approximately $350.
The crimes perpetrated against Davis included first degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking and unlawful imprisonment.
On Sept. 16 Charlotte Brinegar of Cedar Grove Road reported to the sheriff’s office that her pearl colored 2006 Cadilac had been vandalized. It was scratched possibly by a key, from the front fender to the back door on the passenger side.
Estill County Emergency Manager Director Fred Rogers reported that sometime between Aug. 16 and Sept. 16 the Estill County Radio Tower was broken into. The report stated that Glenn Wise, who does work on the county’s radios and equipment found the damage incurred.
Thirty ground wires were cut and removed from the co-axial cable going up the tower to the inside of the building. Entry was made through the back gate, where they bent the lock clasp and pushed open the gate and stole several feet of ground wire but copper buss bars. Total value of the damage was $6,000.