Burglary suspects are being sought by police in three counties after a string of break-ins overnight.
About 2:05 a.m., Boyle County Sheriff’s Department responded to a break in at a Parksville country store.
From there, the suspects hit Hardees in Junction City, Old Bridge Golf Course in Danville and Hill of Beans BP in Garrard County.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department had been made aware of the break-ins by the time they were alerted of a burglary at Sal’s Marathon north of Stanford.
Lincoln Sheriff Curt Folger said Deputy Sim Thacker was en route to Sal’s when he passed the suspect vehicle, a black Chevy TrailBlazer with Indiana tags.
“He turned on (the vehicle) and, by that time, they had got pretty far ahead of him,” Folger said.
The suspects turned off the TrailBlazer’s lights, Folger said, and turned off on a side road.
Thacker took a guess at the direction the suspects went and located the vehicle, but the suspects already had fled on foot, Folger said.
A canine unit was brought in for tracking but was unsuccessful, he added.
“We found a lot of items in the vehicle that looked they had come from the break-ins,” Folger said. “Money, cigarettes, beer. We’ve recovered approximately $2,500 in cash.”
The items are being kept by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office for evidence.
In addition to items recovered from the vehicle, a questionable cash-safe turned up in Garrard County and is possibly the safe stolen from Hardee’s in Junction City.
Hardee’s owner Monica Tanner said her store surveillance cameras have footage of three men: two white and one black, and police located a license belonging to Billy Dale Roach, 32, of Indianapolis.
Tanner said she is confident the suspects won’t make it far, especially if they’re on foot and live in Indiana.
“They pretty much just did a whole bunch of damage,” she said. “They tore the registers up trying to get money that wasn’t there.”
Tanner said the damage to her store amounts to far more money than the suspects took.
Garrard County Sheriff Ronnie Wardrip said the safe was found on Kemper Lane off U.S. 27 North, but he is not yet sure if it’s related to this case.
Folger said officers are unsure of the suspects’ whereabouts at this time.
Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln, Junction City and Stanford departments are all working in coordination on the break-ins, he said.