Arrests made in school break-in

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Two charged with allegedly breaking into old TCES building, stealing computers, electronics

By The Staff

Two individuals have been arrested following a break-in at the former Taylor County Elementary School.


Joseph Murrell, 28, of Campbellsville, and Jesika Meyers, 28, also of Campbellsville, were taken into custody by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday and face multiple charges.

The two were arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center early Saturday morning.

A release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office states that the department had been working a criminal mischief and third-degree burglary investigation after the incident occurred on Christmas Day.

The release states that the two subjects were identified last Monday due to surveillance video retrieved from the scene.

Taylor County School District Superintendent Roger Cook posted the surveillance footage on his Facebook page, seeking anyone who had information on the subjects.

Murrell and Myers—who also goes by Jessica Johnson according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office—were seen on video entering the building at around 3 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Several electronic items were taken from the building. Among the stolen items, Cook said, were computers, laptops, and projectors.

The building is in the process of being renovated for the purposes of being used as a career center that will educate both students and adults in the community.

There have been multiple break-ins at the building over the past few months, which led Cook to install several surveillance cameras in and around the building.

Murrell and Myers also damaged several interior doors while forcing their way into offices located inside the building, according to the TCSO release.

Cook posted on his Facebook page that although the two had been arrested, none of the items stolen from the building had been recovered.

According to the Russell County Detention Center website, Murrell faces several other charges. He faces two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment involving a police officer, resisting arrest, and fleeing or evading police.

He is currently being held in the RCDC on a $10,000 cash bond, according to the RCDC website.

Myers, according to the Russell County Detention Center website, faces a charge of hindering prosecution or apprehension, second degree.

Myers is also being held on a $10,000 bond as well.

Deputy Robert VanCleave of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office is the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office investigating officer.