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Suspects Arrested In Burglaries That Occurred While Homeowners Attended Loved One's Funeral

Date of News Release: 06/29/2012

(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) – On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 KSP Detective Ryan Johnson arrested 40-year-old Michael S. Acord of Magnolia, KY and charged him with Possession of a Firearm By A Convicted Felon. Acord pawned an item that was stolen from the home of Dennis and Cindy Higdon of Clarkson, KY in Grayson County. The stolen item had a serial number on it that was entered into LINK/NCIC which led us to him.

Further investigation led us to 40-year-old Timothy Terry of Vine Grove, KY. He was arrested on Thursday, June 28, 2012 and charged with Receiving Stolen Property O/$500 and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Terry was found to be in possession of items that were stolen in the Higdon and Skees burglary as well as items from another burglary the Hardin County S.O. is working.

Also arrested on the 28th was 42-year-old James G. Parrett from Magnolia, KY. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property O/$500 and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 2nd Offense. Parrett pawned items from the Skees burglary that occurred in Hardin County on March 21st, 2012. A subsequent search of his residence revealed additional items from that Burglary as well as two other burglaries that the Hardin County S.O. and the KSP Post 4 is working. Methamphetamines were also discovered in the home.

The Higdon's were attending their son's funeral, Christian Higdon, who was brutally murdered day prior, when their home was burglarized. Nearly all of the items taken from their home were recovered and returned to them. Mrs. Skees was attending her husband's funeral when her home was hit. She also received many of her items back.

"It was very rewarding to call the Higdon family and be able to tell them that we got most of their stuff back and arrested those responsible for their break-in. Many of the items stolen were sentimental to them and were reminders of their son, Christian. They were pleased to say the least."—Det. Ryan Johnson

Terry is currently out on bond out of Meade County, while Acord and Parrett are incarcerated at the Hardin County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges are pending and Burglary charges are likely for some if not all suspects in this case.

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Reward Offered For Apprehension of Thieves

Date of News Release: 06/22/2012

(LEITCHFIELD, KY) -- Kentucky Farm Bureau has offered a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) that burglarized the home of Dennis and Cindy Higdon in Clarkson, KY on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 while they attended the funeral of their son, Christian, who was murdered over the weekend. They offer the reward in the hopes that someone will come forth with credible information about who may have committed the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State Police Post in Elizabethtown, KY at (270) 766-5078 or (800) 222-5555.

It should also be noted that there has been an outpouring of support from Grayson Countians offering additional reward monies and support in response to this case. Although we have received a couple of leads, they have not resulted in the development of any suspects. However, the investigation in ongoing and this case will be updated as new developments can be released.

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Thieves Burglarize Home While Family
Attends Murdered Son's Funeral

Date of News Release: 06/20/2012

(CLARKSON, KY) – On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. CT thieves broke into the home of Dennis and Cindy Higdon of Higdon Road in Clarkson. The Higdon's son, Christian Higdon, was murdered on Saturday, June 16, 2012. They were attending the visitation, funeral, and burial of their son when their home was broken into, ransacked, and several items stolen from inside. It is believed that the perpetrators knew the entire family would be at the funeral during the time of the burglary. It was held at Rogers Funeral Home in Clarkson with the burial at St. Benedict Cemetery in Wax, KY.

The thieves made off a jewelry box containing several necklaces and rings, 4 long guns (Thompson Center single shot Mach III rifle, Iticha 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, 20-gauge double barrel shotgun-unknown make, and a Charter Arms .223 rifle with a mounted scope), 2-Milwaukee brand hammer drills, a Garmin GPS, 3 Toshiba laptop computers with one charging cable, an Xbox 360 Kinect, a Nintendo Wii game console, and a few hundred dollars in loose change and silver half dollars.

At this time KSP has no known suspects, but we are requesting the community's help in bringing these thieves to justice. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Kentucky State Police Post in Elizabethtown at (270) 766-5078 or (800) 222-5555. The investigation is ongoing and Det. Ryan Johnson is investigating.

(Elizabethtown, KY) -- On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. thieves forced their way into a Hardin County home at the 700 block of Nolin Road in Sonora and stole several thousand dollars worth of belongings while the homeowner was attending her husband's funeral. Items taken included several firearms, prescription medication, several hundred bi-fold knives, 30-40 gold pocket watches, numerous old coins and paper money, and numerous pieces of jewelry. Anyone with information on this crime may call the Hardin County Crimestoppers or Tpr. Brian Mouser at (270) 766-5078. You do not have to leave your name when you call.

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