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Hand grenades, guns, televisions and toilet paper -- those are just some of the items stolen in a local theft ring that targeted working homeowners. Police say the suspects had a clear plan and stealing was their full time job.
The list of sites struck stretched from Indiana to Spencer County, Kentucky. Police say 25-year-old David Banet, 30-year-old Steven Fergusun, and 22-year-old Amanda Lynn Coomer broke into and stole thousands of dollars worth of items from more than one hundred homes.
Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills explains, "One of the properties they entered had a home alarm system, and it was activated -- and that didn't stop them, they still went on in." Sheriff Mills says the thieves hit two to three homes a day, targeting mobile homes. Police say the thieves had a detailed plan of attack, down to the time of day.
Floyd County Detective Topping explains, "They would actually wait and watch people leave to go to work." That's when investigators say the suspects would steal valuables including guns, money, and mostly flat-screen televisions. "They said that's what moved the easiest," Det. Topping says. "Everybody wants a big screen TV."
You wouldn't think toilet paper would be a target of theft, but police say if stealing is your full-time job, anything goes. Sheriff Mills says, "They broke in and there was nothing there of value, so one of them stole a roll of toliet paper just to be taking something."
Police say the first break-ins were reported in February and continued into the summer. It took officers months to track down the two suspects. They are still looking for Coomer, and still trying to find the owners of some of the recovered items.
Police expect to file more charges and possibly arrest more suspects. Anyone with information about these break-ins or the whereabouts of Amanda Coomer is asked to call Floyd County Police at 948-5400.