A man who was arrested last month for stealing a 16-foot utility trailer after being caught trying to shop lift a bottle of chocolate milk from Salings Grocery at Nolin Dam, has been arrested again; this time on a litany of charges ranging from possession of a forged instrument, to receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender.
On Thursday, 26 year old Barton Austin Houchin of Roundhill, was arrested by Kentucky State Trooper Jonathan McChesney on three indictment warrants.
The initial indictment came from Grayson County, charging Houchin with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and a single count of Theft by Deception, which includes bad checks under $500.00.
Under the first indictment, Houchin's bond has been set at $5,000.00 cash.
The second indictment came after an investigation by the Deputy Shane Doyle of the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department in response to a theft complaint. The indictment charged Houchin with shoplifting under $500.00, Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, among other charges.
In this case, Houchin's bond is set at $10,000.00 cash.
The third and final indictment stems from a February burglary investigation that occurred at Johnny’s Automotive in Smiths Grove in northern Warren County. The automotive shop was burglarized twice within a three day period, with an estimated $3,500.00 worth of items stolen. According to police, within a few days of the burglary, Houchin was found to be in possession of a majority of the stolen items.
KSP Trooper Chris Newkirk charged Houchin with Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000.00 and being a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.
Houchin's bond in this case is also set at $10,000.00 cash.