Sheriff's Office makes three arrests Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning

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Each of the three arrests involved different crimes

By The Staff



The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has made three arrests in connection with three different crimes. The arrests took place Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to TCSO reports. 

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in connection with a burglary that occurred Saturday morning at Big Al's Gun Shop. According to the report, the arrest occurred at 7:52 p.m. Erik J. Sanders, 18, of Union Church Road in Columbia, was arrested and faces first-degree burglary charges. 

TCSO conducted a sting operation in reference to stolen guns from Big Al's Gun Shop on Fairview Road in Campbellsville. During this operation, the report states, a vehicle was stopped on West Main Street and three of the stolen guns were recovered. At approximately 7:52 p.m., deputies were able to set up an undercover buy of more stolen guns at the Smith Ridge Boat Ramp. 

The report states that during this undercover buy, four more firearms were recovered and Sanders was placed under arrest. After speaking with Sanders, the investigation led officers to Adair County where nine more stolen firearms were recovered, the report said. 

Sanders was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. The case continues to be under investigation by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Branden Wilson is the investigating officer. 

TCSO would like to thank the Campbellsville Police Department for their assistance, as well as Trooper Jonathan Houk for his assistance in Adair County. 

In another arrest Wednesday morning, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office arrested 18-year-old Austyn Thornton of Bell Avenue in Campbellsville. 

According to a TCSO report, Thornton was arrested at a traffic stop at 2:51 a.m. Wednesday morning on KY 55 South. 

The report states that Thornton was found to be in possession of drugs with approximately 3.5 grams of cocaine, 6 grams of marijuana, and items used to traffic said drugs. Thornton was also in possession of a 9mm handgun, which was concealed according to a report. 

Thornton faces charges of trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, trafficking marijuana, and possession of concealed weapon. Thornton was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. 

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office made another drug-related arrest Wednesday morning. Joshua Hicks, 23, was arrested after TCSO executed a search warrant on a residence on Daniels Road. The warrant, according to the report, produced marijuana, a firearm, scales, several prescription pills (Xanax), and drug paraphernalia. 

Hicks faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance third degree, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

He was transported to and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.