Camera in Shed Helps Catch Alleged Burglar
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah man has been arrested and charged with the late May burglary of a storage building, after his image was captured on a surveillance camera.
McCracken County Sheriff's Department investigated the burglary on June 5, and Jimmie Terrell, the owner of the building on Champ Drive, said it happened between May 26-30. Several large-size boxes of bolts and screws used in fabricating metal buildings were taken, along with a push mower. The approximate value of the stolen items is $10,000.
Terrell had been burglarized once before, so he installed a camera inside the building. At least two people were seen in images captured by the camera, and 31-year-old James Mallas of Lane Road was one of them. When Mallas was arrested, the push mower was recovered from his shed.
Mallas was taken to McCracken County Jail, and charged with burglary 3rd degree, and theft by unlawful taking under $500.
The second person in the surveillance photos has not yet been identified. Anyone who may know the identity of the accomplice, or where the stolen bolts can be found, should call the McCracken County Sheriff's Department at 444-4719, or CrimeStoppers at 443-TELL.