Police say vigilant employees helped them make an arrest in a burglary

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Police with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office say employees at Interstate Auction in Corbin helped them find a suspect in a case.

Officers say around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning dispatch received calls from staff at Interstate Auction saying a man they did not know was putting items into a company vehicle.

"Items that were stolen were things like push lawn mowers, air conditioning units, couch cushions, and bed springs. So there were several items that were loaded onto the truck," says Gilbert Acciardo, Public Affairs Deputy Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Acciardo says it was what the employees did while they waited for the Laurel County Sheriff's Office and Corbin Police Department that helped them find their suspect.

"Employees followed the truck as it left that business there and went to a location on North Florence Street, which is on the county line. And they observed this individual that left in that truck unloading items on a front porch of a residence," says Acciardo.

He says police are running into more people using technology and helping them in several cases.

"That is how we are able to solve more crimes. Because there is very few of us on patrol, and there is all the citizens in the county. And, if everybody helps out, like they did in this situation, then we catch more bad guys," says Acciardo.

Michael C. Smith was charged with theft by lawful taking and burglary.

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