Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Suspects Arrested in Winston Strong Burglary

The Louisville Police Department has made arrests related to the burglary of the Winston Strong warehouse located at 902 S. Columbus and Hudspeth Construction at 805 S. Church that occurred earlier this week.

Deputy Chief Andy Taylor indicated that Ricky Pleas was taken into custody around noon on Tuesday and Anthony Haynes was also picked up this morning (Wednesday- Sept 24). Haynes has been charged on another matter but is considered a suspect in this burglary.

Taylor noted that tips from the public were instrumental in this case. Pleas's vehicle was spotted on Tuesday by LPD and several items stolen from the Winston Strong warehouse were recovered.

 The perpetrators actually broke into the Winston Strong facilities on consecutive nights. Power tools were taken on the first night and donated household items, food, diapers, etc were stolen in the second burglary.

Both suspects are in police custody and charges are pending.

Louisville Police were contacted on Monday morning (Sept 22) after the thefts were discovered. Items stolen were donated to the relief effort and for tornado recovery. A number of the power tools were donated by Milwaukee Tool and were to be used in the construction and repair of  homes by Winston Strong groups for last April's tornado victims. Other items stolen were donated or provided by Red  Cross.

The community based “Winston Strong” is a 501C3 non-profit established for longer term rebuilding efforts across the community after the April 28th tornado that ravaged parts of Winston County and the City of Louisville.