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ACSO: Arrest brings multiple investigations to close

From Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

A Columbia man who has been wanted by Adair County Law Enforcement for over two months for a string of break-ins and thefts set off a multi-agency search on Wednesday near the Adair County Schools campus.

The man first became a person of interest in a theft from a break-in at a residence in the Gradyville community. Deputy Chandler Staten was able to substantiate evidence tying him to the break-in and a warrant of arrest was obtained. Shortly after that, the Columbia Police Department was able to link him to a break-in they were investigating and Sgt. Justin Cross obtained warrants in relation to that case. Attempts to locate the man had so far been unsuccessful.

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at around 11:45amCT, Sheriff Josh Brockman received a call on his personal phone from a resident on Oxford Drive stating he had caught a man breaking into his home. The homeowner gave chase, but lost the man in the woods. The description he gave to Sheriff Brockman matched the suspect wanted for the string of break-ins.

Law Enforcement Officers from the Sheriff's Office, the Columbia Police Department, and Kentucky State Police arrived and began searching the area. In the early afternoon on Wednesday, the man was spotted running into a junkyard adjacent to the Adair County Schools.

Multiple Officers from all agencies secured a perimeter around the junkyard and began searching. Sheriff Brockman made contact with school officials, and, as a precaution, the entire school campus was put on a soft lockdown due to the close proximity.

Approximately 2.5 hours later, the suspect was located and arrested.

Joseph Harrison, 36, of Columbia, was lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail on charges including:
  • Criminal trespass 1st degree (felony)
  • Fleeing and evading police 2nd degree
  • Receiving stolen property over 1,000 (felony )
  • Receiving stolen property over 1,000 ( felony )
In addition to current charges, multiple felony charges are pending by the Sheriff's Office for additional cases involving stolen vehicles and one a residential break in off Snake Creek Road.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Columbia Police Department and Kentucky State Police for the multiple officers they provided during this 4.5 hour search. Also thanks to Adair County Emergency Management Director Mike Keltner for assistance in deploying a drone in the search.

This story was posted on 2023-11-09 07:24:34
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