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Julia Roberts Goad

Staff Writer

PHELPS, Ky. - The Pike County Sheriff’s Department recovered stolen firearms from two investigations based on information obtained from one informant Tuesday.

PCSD Chief Deputy Melvin Sayers told the Daily News that Jackie Smith, owner of the Phelps One Stop, reported a burglary at his business. When he arrived at the store at 10 a.m. Monday morning, he discovered the front window had been broken out and several firearms and electronic items had been taken, as well as merchandise including cigarettes and other tobacco products and jewelry.

Deputies Joey Gillman and James Williams responded at the scene, and based on video surveillance and information obtained began searching for suspects.

During the course of the investigation, Williams and Gillman made an arrest not related to the Phelps One Stop burglary. That arrest helped deputies obtain information about the burglary, including an address on Elm Branch where the stolen property was allegedly located.

At that residence, Williams and Gillman recovered property from the One Stop burglary, as well as a firearm that had been taken from another residence on Elm Branch.

After running the serial numbers on the firearm, it was discover the gun had been stolen from William Griffey, the theft is under investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Dep. Gillman contacted Trooper Jim Nolte, who is investigating the theft of Griffey’s firearm. The gun was released to William Griffey.

It is believed all the items from the One Stop burglary were recovered with the exception of some tobacco products. Sayers said Williams and Gillman were able to recover $2,000 to $3,000 during a nine hour investigation.

Two persons were arrested in connection with the One Stop burglary, Barry McClannahan of Phelps, and an unknown male who is currently in the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital for a mental health evaluation, Sayers said.

McClannahan is currently being charged with first degree burglary and criminal mischief the Chief Deputy said, and additional charges are pending.

The case remains under investigation by Deputies Gillman and Williams.

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