Investigation leads to burglary arrests

Published 8:29 am Friday, October 13, 2017

Bell County Dispatch received a call of a burglary in progress at a residence on U.S. 119 on Oct. 12.

According to the official press release, this activity was in conjunction with an ongoing investigation by Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Brooks from another burglary reported on Oct.11 at that same residence.

The release states that due to Brooks being assigned to court for the day, Kentucky State Police Post 10 responded to the call with Brooks arriving on scene a short time later at 11:22 a.m. Also responding to the scene was Bell Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Jared Smith, Deputy Jake Perry, Deputy James Taulbee and K-9 Kane. Apprehended on scene was Michael Ayers, 27, of Cumberland Gap and shortly thereafter Bradley Barnett, 27, of Middlesboro.

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The release also states a third man, identified as Nolan Ty Davis, 30, with a last known address of Middlesboro, fled the scene and is currently being sought by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office. Davis also has two outstanding warrants for failure to appear on drug charges. He is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 210 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He may also be in the Page community. Further information was gathered during the investigation as to the location of the stolen property taken in the previous day’s burglary. A search warrant was obtained for a residence in Middlesboro on Exeter Avenue.

The release continues to state that upon Brooks arrival and with assistance from Middlesboro Police Officer Jeremiah Johnson, Smith, Perry, Taulbee and K-9 Kane, seven individuals fled into the residence, locking the door behind them. The officers had to execute forced entry into the home. The officers located a majority of the stolen property inside the residence leading to an arrest of the homeowner, identified as Amanda Beeler, 25, of Middlesboro.

Both Ayers and Barnett were charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Beeler was charged with receiving stolen property over $500 but under $10,000.

All three were lodged in the Bell County Detention Center. Ayers and Barnett are being held without bond while Beeler’s bond has not been set.

Police said if you have seen Nolan Ty Davis or know of his whereabouts, call 911 or Bell County Dispatch at 606-337-6174.

Brian O’ Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.