•Estill County Sheriff Gary Freeman and Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Bowman caught a man stripping copper in an house on Nov. 19.
Copper thievery has been a problem for local law officers for some time now and in this case an empty house where nobody lived was the victim.
Samuel L. Willis, 27, of Rogers Lane was arrested and charged with first degree criminal trespass, second degree burglary, third degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking. When he was arrested, he allegedly had copper he had taken from a barn on the same property with the house in which he was caught.
•Angela S. Durham of Berea was charged with theft by deception by allegedly giving a cold check in the amount of $160.46 to D & J Hardware of Irvine on May 6, 2009.
•James R. Harrison of Stacy Lane was arrested for criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking over $500. Estill Deputy Karl Rifenbark stated on the warrant he served on Harrison Dec. 1 that Harrison took a Weather King air conditioner from a residence on Pea Ridge Road valued at $1,200. Rifenbark also claims on the warrant that $200 in damage was done to the residence during the removal of the air conditioner.
•Tammy L. Overbee, 30, of Beattyville was arrested on Nov. 27 by KSP Trooper J. C. Lucas and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly forging a government check. The complaint was made by John A. Myers and he claims that Overbee removed the check for $727 from his mailbox on Aug. 4, 2009. She is also charged with possession of stolen mail, theft by unlawful taking and first degree identity theft. Bond was set at $10,000.
•On Dec. 2 Eddie Crouch reported to the sheriff the theft of items from a storage building on Richmond Road. He told deputies that the building had burned and was partially destroyed. Sometime during the night after the fire somebody entered the building and removed what items weren’t damaged in the fire. They included tools, carpet cleaner and air compressor valued at $2,300.