ASHLAND At the corner of Ferry and 6th Streets in Ashland, White’s Meat Market bustles in the late afternoon, with customers ordering meat and chatting with the owner as he rings them up at the register.

The butcher shop sits at the convergence of two hills at a three-way stop. Those stop signs, according to owner Kevin White, saved his car from getting stolen a couple weeks ago.

Jan. 9 was a busy day for Ashland police — the PNC Bank was robbed and a suspected biker gang was broken up in Meads.

However, police reports show there was a bit over trouble over at White’s Meat Market as well.

At 3:15 p.m., a shoeless woman entered the store to use the bathroom, according to an Ashland police report. After staying 10 minutes in the restroom, the report shows she came out and sat in a chair next to a register.

“I think she might have bought a can of pop or something,” White recalled. “I think she might’ve been causing a problem over at those apartments across the street so she came over here.” 

According to the police report, the woman said she was trying to get home, then walked outside. Surveillance footage shows the woman circling around White’s 2014 Chevrolet Equinox before entering the vehicle. The car backed up and White ran out of the store, banging on a window. Another employee ran out of the store as well.

At the time, a pick-up truck was stopped on Ferry Street at the intersection. Another car was turning from 6th Street onto Ferry Street. As the suspect tried to go around the pick-up truck, footage shows she got blocked in. A third car cut off the suspect’s access to go over the hill, the footage shows.

The suspect then got out of the car.

“If it wasn’t for them blocking her, she’d been over the hill and gone,” White said.

How did she get the car in the first place? Both White and the police report stated the keys were left in the ignition.

Paula Burnett, 53, of Grayson, was arraigned last week in Boyd County Circuit Court in connection with the incident. She is charged with unlawful theft of an automobile. Court records show she is currently out on a $20,000 unsecured bond, with the condition she have no contact with White’s Meat Market.

White didn’t have much to say about the case.

“It’s just one of those freak things that happen,” he said.

Burnett is currently scheduled for a pretrial hearing in Boyd County Circuit Court on March 26.

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