(Caneyville, KY) – He’s been called the sheriff’s departments’ biggest headache for the past 18 months, and he was apprehended Thursday by Maldraugh City Police and lodged in the Meade County Detention Center.
Grayson County Sheriff Rick Clemons said Grayson County Central Dispatch received an alarm call at JC Cigarette Outlet in Caneyville around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
As a deputy was responding to the scene he noticed a small red car that has been suspected in multiple similar burglaries in the county and surrounding counties.
Leitchfield Police officers were alerted to watch for the vehicle on the Western Kentucky Parkway. As the car drove off the ramp an officer pursued the small red car, which sped up and that point the officer was told to abort the chase.
The officer continued to drive out Anneta Road and came upon the small red car overturned near the Bear Creek area, the driver, however, had fled of foot.
The car had suspected stolen items inside.
The Kentucky State Police dog unit was utilized and tracked the man for quite a ways until the chase was aborted.
Early Wednesday morning, the sheriff’s department was called to the home of Calvin
Blanton to work a vehicle theft of Blanton’s work truck, which belonged to Clayton Watkins Construction.
Sheriff Clemons said he logged the stolen truck into NCIC and it was found abandoned by the Radcliff Police Department. Through their investigation they were able to lead the Muldraugh Police Department to the whereabouts of Nicolas Thompson – the man wanted in the Caneyville JC Cigarette Outlet burglary and suspect in multiple other break-ins.
The sheriff’s department issued an arrest warrant for Thompson.
Detective Jeff Kelsey interviewed Thompson Thursday, who confessed to four convenient store burglaries in Grayson County and three in Breckinridge County.
Sheriff Clemons said for the past 18 months his department and many surrounding counties have suffered multiple burglaries where the M.O. (method of operation) have been the same.
He said Thompson is suspected to be who they have dubbed the “Cigarette Bandit” and was thrilled to hear of his apprehension Thursday, calling this rash of burglaries the biggest headache and nightmare the department has been dealing with.
Clemons said three weeks ago he assembled a meeting of five agencies, including the FBI, to discuss the case.
GCSO has investigated over 11 burglaries of this M.O., where the perpetrator has been very selective in the cigarettes he takes.
Thompson has a prison past and had recently moved to the White Mills area, even though his driver’s license said he was a Grayson County resident.
The small red car Thompson wreck belonged to Kimberly Detraina, thought to be his girlfriend.
More charges could be forth coming on Thompson.