PRICE – Following a break-in at Price Rite Market in Price, a man is behind bars and charged with robbery, according to reports and statements given Wednesday by the store owner.
Robbie Wright, owner of the market, said Wednesday he found that his store had been broken into Monday.
“I have a residential unit I’m working on that’s built onto the side of the store,” Wright said. “I saw that somebody had managed to get through a window in that residential part and make their way into the store.”
Wright said he had totaled his losses following the burglary to approximately $6,500.
An arrest was made the next day, on Tuesday, Wright said.
State police took 25-year-old Hi Hat resident Kevin D. Moore into custody Tuesday evening, according to reports filed.
Those reports state that Moore was identified by three separate people in a video from inside the store. Moore allegedly gained access through a window that slides left to right and had been locked by placing a bar along the bottom sill to wedge it closed.
“I have no idea how they managed to get that window open,” Wright said. “And they took about every carton of cigarettes we had. They must have just walked out of here with it all in a bag or something.”
The police say that none of the missing items have been recovered and that Moore maintains his innocence. However, when officers visited his home before the arrest, they also made another discovery unrelated to the Price Rite break-in.
“A single marijuana plant was found growing behind the residence that Moore lives in with his mother, Ida Moore,” police wrote in their reports. The plant was found after Ida Moore gave police consent to search the home.
From there, police located Moore riding in a vehicle with Tina Sturgill, saying he was not wearing a seatbelt. During his arrest, Moore was allegedly found with rolling papers, which he said he used to roll cigarettes.
Moore is being held at The Floyd County Detention Center on charges of burglary, cultivation of marijuana, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking, and failure to wear a seatbelt.