Two indicted on burglary related charges

By TJ Caudill -

HAZARD — Two Hazard men were indicted this month on burglary, complicity to commit burglary charges.

Melvin Shane Gross, 31, and Cory Leason, 37, both of Hazard were indicted on one count of theft by unlawful taking more than $500

Gross was indicted on additional charges of one count of third-degree burglary, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Leason was indicted on an additional charge of third-degree complicity to commit burglary.

According to the indictment, Gross broke into Tractor Supply on July 3 and stole wire, work boots, boot leather working bench, DW 20V Max Lithium Ion Reciprocat and post concrete setting. The indictment says the items were worth more than $500.

The indictment says Gross intentionally damaged a fence belonging to Tractor Supply during the break in. The cost of the damage is valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000.

According to the indictment, Leason was the driver of the vehicle that drove Gross to Tractor Supply and knew Gross was going to commit burglary. During the burglary, the indictment says Leason waited in the vehicle while Gross stole the items.

Leason then drove himself and Gross away from the scene of the crime, the indictment says.

Bail was set in the amount of $10,000 cash plus home incarceration and MCR in the case.

Both Gross and Leason are scheduled to appear in the Perry County Circuit Courtroom for arraignment on Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.

TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.

By TJ Caudill

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