Michael T. Amburgey, 20, of Vicco, was indicted on one count each of theft by unlawful taking over $500 and second-degree criminal mischief. Jason Scott Amburgey, 31, of Mallie, was indicted on one count of complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500.
On December 28, 2010, Michael allegedly entered Handy Dan’s in Vicco around 9 p.m. and asked the cashier if the store had ever been robbed.
After asking this, he allegedly took the cash register drawer and fled the scene in a waiting getaway car that was allegedly being driven by Jason Amburgey. The drawer contained cash and checks worth over $500.
Michael later allegedly damaged the cash register drawer by leaving it in the creek next to Montgomery Creek Road near Vicco. The damages totaled less than $1,000.
The store’s security cameras were operational at the time of the theft and caught several images of the perpetrator – later identified as Michael T. Amburgey – which helped police identify and later arrest both men.
Police arrested Jason two days after the theft, and said he led them to the location where he told authorities that Michael threw the cash register drawer into the creek. Police recovered the drawer from that location and arrested Michael soon after.
Both men are being lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on separate $20,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court again on March 3 at 9 a.m.