Campbellsville Police have arrested two of the five people they suspect are operating a burglary ring in Kentucky and Tennessee. The three other suspects who have been identified are still being sought.
On July 6, police officers began an investigation into a residential burglary at 80 Boca Noir Circle in Campbellsville.
According to a news release, evidence gathered at the scene and other information has suggested the burglary might be the work of multiple people operating in a wide geographic area.
The investigation has suggested, according to the report, that, in addition to the one in Campbellsville, the group might be responsible for thefts and burglaries in Lexington and other south central areas in Kentucky and in the Crossville, Tenn. area. Five alleged perpetrators were identified during the investigation.
Jennifer Carol Bennett, 37, of 110 Arbor Lane in Campbellsville, was arrested on Thursday, July 17, and lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center. She was charged with first-degree burglary.
According to Bennett's arrest citation, she admitted to conspiring with three other people to commit the burglary. She also provided police with the names and contact information of those involved with her in the crimes.
Since her arrest, Bennett has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her bond is set at 10 percent of $20,000 and the charge against her has been held to a Taylor County grand jury for possible indictment.
On Friday morning, Bennett was no longer incarcerated at the detention center, though one of her co-defendants, Brittany A. Rednour, 25, was. She turned herself into police and was arrested on Thursday. Her bond was set at $50,000 cash.
According to Campbellsville Police Capt. Patricia Thompson, officers are still searching for three other persons of interest in the case. They are:
Ñ Steven Darrell Garrett, 41, a white male who lives in Crossville, Tenn.
Ñ Tammy Garrett, a white female.
Ñ Felicia Simpson, who lives in Louisville.
Thompson said firearms, jewelry and a large amount of cash were taken during the burglary on Boca Noir Circle.
She said the five people are suspected to be involved, though the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
"But we're not through at this point," she said.
Thompson said the five people appear to be connected to one another through truck drivers and truck stops.
Police were able to identify Simpson after information and photos of her were disseminated via the Central Kentucky News-Journal and other media outlets.
"The phone lit up down here," Thompson said.
During the investigation, police were notified that Simpson had gone to Citizens Bank and Trust Co.'s branch on KY 210 and tried to access a safety deposit box belonging to the owners of the Boca Noir Circle home.
Thompson said bank employees were suspicious and didn't let her access the box. Bank employees called police and photos and video of the woman were gathered to try and identify her.
Simpson is not suspected of trying to rob the bank, Thompson said. Simpson is accused of impersonating a family member of the people she and the four others allegedly burglarized.
The 1998 Ford truck Simpson rode in belonged to Steven Garrett, Thompson said, and had a Tennessee license place 334 BQN.
Since photos of Simpson and the truck have been circulated, Thompson said, Steven Garrett has reported the truck stolen, but is still driving it. Thompson said he has changed the license plate to P52 24X.
Anyone with information about Simpson and the Garretts' whereabouts is asked to call the Campbellsville Police Department at (270) 465-4122 and ask to speak with Thompson or investigating officer Daniel Forbis.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (270) 469-PRIDE.