Department of Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Officer Foils Burglary Attempt In Jessamine Co
Nicholasville police and the Jessamine County sheriff are seeking a person who ran from a Jessamine County convenience store late Friday night when a conservation officer from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources interrupted a burglary in progress.
The burglary suspect dropped a duffle bag filled with cigarettes, lottery tickets and other items and bolted from the closed store as Jessamine County Conservation Officer Rufus Cravens Jr. pulled into the parking lot of the Pit Stop Food Mart on Richmond Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Cravens was turning around while on his way to investigate reports of illegal hunting.
Cravens noticed broken glass on the ground and that the store’s front door was broken out. He then saw someone inside the dark store run toward the front door from behind the counter. As Cravens exited his vehicle he yelled at the person to stop, but the suspect continued running around to the back of the store and into a tree line. Cravens gave chase, but when the suspect disappeared into the dark of the tree line, he returned to his vehicle and immediately notified Jessamine County police dispatch.
Jessamine County sheriff’s deputies and Nicholasville police responded and initiated a search. They brought in a tracking dog from the Versailles Police Department. Lexington Metro Police also assisted with a helicopter.
The Nicholasville Police Department is handling the investigation. The suspect is described as approximately 5-foot 9-inches tall and 160 pounds wearing baggie light-colored jeans, a dark shirt, dark shoes and a white coat with hood.