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Cecilia man indicted on nine counts of stealing firearms

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By Sarah Bennett

A Cecilia man faces nine counts of firearm theft after he was indicted Thursday by the Hardin County grand jury.

Anthony Santiago, 23, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking more than $500, two counts of first-degree burglary and nine counts of theft of a firearm.

According to the indictment, Santiago unlawfully entered a Horn Road home in Cecilia twice in less than a month while armed with a “deadly weapon.” Police said the residence belonged to Santiago’s father.

Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 10, Santiago allegedly took nine firearms from the residence — seven pistols, a rifle and a shotgun, according to the indictment. In an arrest warrant, police allege the items were sold to pawn shops in Kentucky and Indiana.

Santiagohas been lodged since Nov. 2 at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. Arraignment in Hardin Circuit Court has not been scheduled.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

First-degree burglary is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

  • Melanie L. Phillips, 25, first-degree possession of a controlled substance — heroin and theft by unlawful taking less than $500
  • Tasha L. Stillwell, 29, complicity to commit second-degree burglary, complicity to commit third-degree criminal mischief, complicity to commit theft of a controlled substance and complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking less than $500
  • Michael Joe Hart, 35, complicity to commit second-degree burglary, complicity to commit third-degree criminal mischief, complicity to commit theft of a controlled substance, complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking less than $500 and first-degree persistent felony offense
  • Robert Joseph Bradley, 37, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor and second-degree persistent felony offense
  •  Jeffrey Allen Kinser, 47, complicity to commit unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor and first-degree persistent felony offense
  •  Kathy Street Guest, 57, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor
  • Cody Thompson, 23, complicity to commit theft of services more than $500
  • Cori Dewayne Peters, 26, complicity to commit theft of services more than $500 and first-degree persistent felony offense
  • Jasmine A. Young, 20, fraudulent use of a credit card more than $500 but less than $10,000
  • Richard Anthony Polston, 28, three counts of theft by deception more than $500 — cold checks
  • Hernan Antonio Smiley, 37, flagrant non-support
  • Barry A. Ellis, 59, fraudulent use of a credit card less than $500 and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card more than $500 but less than $10,000
  • Lee T. Pearson, 30, first-degree sexual abuse
  • Theresa L. Sewell, 29, first-degree promoting contraband
  • Walter H. Butler, 47, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana
  • Charles W. Hayes, 42, complicity to commit trafficking in synthetic drugs while in possession of a firearm, receiving a stolen firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia while in possession of a firearm