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Paducah Couple Arrested on Burglary Charges
By WestKentuckyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah couple has been arrested on burglary and theft charges according to the McCracken County Sheriff's department.

Detectives made the arrest following an investigation of a residential burglary on Lane Road that began on April 29. The investigation revealed that someone had entered the victim's home and took several items from the residence including computers and jewelry.

A few days later detectives determined the computers in question had been sold to a local pawn shop along with the stolen ring. The computer was sold by 25-year-old Jenny M. Hughes, while the ring was sold by 33-year-old Joshua R. Sullivan.

Detectives later discovered that Sullivan and Hughes were living together and were likely accomplices.

During the investigation another theft was reported to have taken place at National Maintenance on Clarks River Road.

One of the items that was stolen was a large stainless boat propeller that weighed approximately 277 pounds along with various other items commonly sold for scrap over the past several months. Detectives located the propeller at one of the local scrap yards Wednesday and identified Hughes and Sullivan as those who sold the propeller.

Detectives learned that Sullivan was an employee at National Maintenance and found him at work on Wednesday. When talking to the detectives Sullivan allegedly admitted to unlawfully entering the residence on Lane Road and stealing the computer and ring on two separate occasions. Sullivan also admitted to taking the propeller, tool box, copper welding leads, brass fitting and other items from National Maintenance. Sullivan then admitted to having his girlfriend, Hughes, take most of the items to area scrap yards. 

Detectives interviewed Hughes at the Sheriff's Department where she later allegedly admitted to to assisting Sullivan cash in items that he had stolen at both pawn shops and scrap yards. Detectives also learned that tools taken from Sullivan's place of employment were in a vehicle parked on Clarks River Road

A search of the vehicle revealed various hand tools, a piece of welding lead connection that had been attached to a copper wire, pieces of insulation that had been removed from smaller copper wire, and a blow torch. The blow torch had also been taken from Sullivan's place of employment. Detectives believe Sullivan had plans of selling the torch.

Both Sullivan and Hughes were arrested and transported to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Sullivan was charged with two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and two counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking Over $500

Hughes was charged with two counts of Receiving Stolen Property Over $500

Additional individuals may be involved in some of these thefts. Further investigations are pending and additional charges are possible.

Published 11:05 PM, Wednesday May. 09, 2012
Updated 06:05 AM, Friday May. 11, 2012

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