Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 23, 2013

Halfway house inmates charged in burglary

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — Police on Wednesday arrested two halfway house inmates after catching them allegedly trying to steal copper from a vacant house on Hilton Avenue.

Justin Gilbert and Robert Vick were lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center, both charged with second-degree burglary, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Neither man’s age was immediately available. The APD said both had been residing at the Transitions Inc. halfway house in Ashland and have “extensive” criminal histories.

The APD said it was contacted at 10:50 a.m. by King’s Daughters Medical Center security with a report of two men entering a vacant residence in the 2200 block of Hilton. When officers arrived, they smelled smoke, entered the house and found the suspects hiding in the attic.

A search of the house revealed Vick and Gilbert were in the process of stripping it of copper wiring and plumbing, the APD said.

Neither Gilbert not Vick were listed in the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup system, so details of their prior convictions were not immediately available.

Transitions, a privately operated facility that contracts with the state, houses inmates nearing the ends of their sentences, with the goal of helping them transition back to life outside of prison.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.