EASTERN — Two men face burglary and other charges, after police allegedly caught them in the act of breaking in to an office.
Kentucky State Police Post 9 was called to the office of Chesapeake Energy, on Route 550 at Eastern, for a reported burglary.
Upon arriving on the scene, a state trooper discovered a man hiding behind a vehicle parked at the entrance to the property. When the officer ordered the man to stop, he fled the scene on foot. The man was later found hiding in weeds on a creek bank, where he allegedly continued to resisted attempts to arrest him.
“Subject resisted arrest, would not put his hands behind his back, refused to stand up and walk, and turned towards myself several times in a threatening manner when being given verbal commans to turn and walk,” the officer wrote in the citation.
The man was later identified as 28-year-old Chad Manual, address unknown. According to the citation, he matched the description of and wore the same clothing as a man seen on live surveillance cameras entering the office and removing items in a large black bag. That bag was discovered lying beside the vehicle where Manual was hiding.
According to police, Manual stole a cordless drill and batteries, and also broke two windows in different buildings and damaged property inside the office. He was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, fleeing or evading police, menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
According to the citation, a second man was allegedly discovered lying down inside the vehicle behind which Manual was hiding, pretending to be asleep. Upon being approached by the officer, the man, identified as 24-year-old Chris Mullins, address unknown, denied knowledge of the of the bag and said that he was merely waiting for Manual, after giving him a ride to the office.
Mullins was also arrested and charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.
Both men are scheduled to appear June 24, in Floyd District Court, for a preliminary hearing.