HARRODSBURG — Mercer County deputy sheriffs stopped a residential burglary in progress Wednesday afternoon.
About 1 p.m., authorities including Chief Deputy Scott Elder responded to a home on Elmwood Drive in Cottonwood subdivision and arrested James R. Elam, 61, of Richmond, at the scene.
Because the would-be burglar was caught at the scene, the homeowner did not lose any property, Elder said.
Elam was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools. As of this morning, he was being held without bond in the Boyle County Detention Center, and no court date had been set.
A second-degree burglary conviction could net Elam a prison sentence of five to 10 years, while the potential penalty for possession of burglary tools is up to 12 months in jail or a fine.