HAZARD — A Hazard man is accused of stealing copper from American Electric Company’s (AEP) power facility in Lothair on Jan. 18.
Kenneth Gay, 38, of Hazard is facing charges of second-degree criminal trespassing, possession of burglary tools, theft by unlawful taking less than $500, second-degree criminal mischief, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
According to Hazard Police Department (HPD), off-duty officer Sgt. Wilson Jones observed Gay inside a fenced lot of AEP’s power facility on security cameras. When Sgt. Wilson confronted Gay, Sgt. Wilson noticed Gay had two rolls of copper tucked under his arm. After speaking with Gay, Sgt. Wilson contacted on-duty officers to respond to the scene. The alleged attempted theft happened on Jan. 18 around 3 a.m.
The alleged attempted theft happened on Jan. 18 around 3 a.m.
Sgt. Jones was contracted by AEP to provide security services for the facility after AEP noticed their perimeter fence had been cut recently. The burglar(s) managed to take a small amount of copper from the facility.
After being placed in custody, HPD says Gay admitted to cutting the fence to gain entry to the lot. When officers searched Gay, HPD says they found bolt cutters and a Leatherman tool; the same tool HPD believe Gay used to cut the fence.
HPD said officers also found brass knuckles in Gay’s pants pocket.
Gay was transported to Kentucky River Regional Jail, where he was lodged in.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.