Social Media Helps Catch Butler County Suspects

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden is asking for help finding some stolen guns. Harden says 18 guns were stolen from a Butler County home while the residents were on vacation, during what he believes were multiple burglaries.

“We’ve arrested four people for the burglaries. Two adults and two juveniles,” Harden says. The two adults are Kendorius McCoy and Joshua Searight, both 18. Searight was KENDORIUS V MCCOYcharged with one count each of burglary and theft, and is out of jail on a $20,000 bond. McCoy was charged with two counts of burglary and theft. Deputies believe he went into and burglarized the home more than one time. He is currently being held in the jail on a $40,000 bond.

Sheriff Harden says the arrests would not have been made so quickly without the help of a little technology.

JOSHUA SEARIGHT“We had one person, that saw this on social media, the guns, and talked with her son about it, and brought him forward,” Harden says. “And was able to give us information on where to go to from there.” The mother saw a post of a gun on the popular app Snapchat, and was able to lead the Butler County authorities to some of the missing guns. But now they need the public’s help to find the rest.

“We’ve been able to get back [eleven] of the eighteen guns that have been stolen,” Harden says. “And what we’re doing now is asking that if you bought a gun or if these two suspects give you a gun, to contact the Sheriff’s office and turn it back over to us.”

There is no punishment if someone turns in or is in possession of the stolen property. Sheriff Harden just wants to make sure the property gets back to its owner and that his county stays safe.

SAL GUNTHEFTS PIC“Don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands and somebody get hurt with them,” he adds. “These are young adults that are taking the guns, very easy someone could get hurt with them.”

The number to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s office is (334) 382-6521.

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