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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Burglar Wrecks Car Into Fort Thomas Business, Goes On Crime Spree

A thief allegedly busted through the front window at Fastenal this morning at the Fort Thomas Plaza. FTM file. 
This morning at 5:45 a.m., Active Day driver, Demetrius Abrams said he noticed some suspicious activity when he was waiting to leave to pick up some clients from 90 Alexandria Pike at the Fort Thomas Plaza.

"I normally park my vehicle in the back and I was coming in I saw a car come up from behind the building and it looked out of place. It wasn't a good feeling and I saw him back his car into the storefront, break the glass and began loading items into his vehicle." 

Abrams said the whole incident took about a minute.

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That business was Fastenal, a staple in the Fort Thomas Plaza, that sells industrial supplies and tools. Store manager, Greg Trammell, said that he didn't know how much was stolen, but that it was the first time something like that had happened in his five years since managing the store.

FTM file. 
Abrams said that the man he saw what he thought to be a white man in his 50's, who was driving a late-model white vehicle.

That man has been identified as Justin Bowlin, 35, from La Grange, Kentucky.

The alleged burglar smashed his car through the window and targeted power tools near the entry. Glass was being cleaned up as Fort Thomas Matters was on the scene.

Detective Adam Noe of the Fort Thomas Police said that when he interviewed people on the scene today, the late-model car and alleged criminal had matched a description of a stolen car out of Covington earlier that night.

Barre3, a fitness studio, has a 6:00 a.m. class Monday through Friday, so their teachers also witnessed and heard the incident.

Lt. Rich Whitford said that the burglary smash and grab at Fastenal was just the beginning.

FTM file. 
"After he stole the tools from Fastenal this morning, he made his way to Independence where he wrecked his vehicle, which was filled with the tools," he said. "He then carjacked a woman to get access to her vehicle."

According to Whitford, a female driver stopped to check on him, police said he forced his way inside her car and told her to drive. She had her two-year old daughter in her car with her.

As the car made its way to the corner of Cox Road and Fowler Creek Road in Independence, Bowlin punched the victim in the face and threatened to shoot her, police said.

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"We think he had a gun and when he was trying to get her out of the car and take off with it. She was trying to get her baby out of the car. He then ran over her foot," he said.

She was able to get her daughter, who was not injured, out of the car before he took off.

Whitford said that she has some serious injuries and was being transported to the hospital, where she was released a few hours after the incident.

FTM file. 

Then, an attempt-to-locate went out among local departments and to the Kentucky State Police to find the alleged criminal, who would now have charges on him that would include Burglary, Vehicle Theft, Kidnapping, Assault and Fleeing and Evading Police.

Kentucky State Police located the subject in La Grange, Kentucky and he began to flee before finally being apprehended and arrested.

Police said Bowlin led officers on a 10-mile pursuit before crossing the interstate, bailing from the car and attempting to run away on foot.

He was taken into custody after a brief struggle, police said.

Whitford said that Independence Police were on their way to La Grange to expedite him back to northern Kentucky. He will face charges of speeding, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, reckless driving, improper passing, following another vehicle too closely, operating on suspended license, wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest as well as any charges placed on him from his burglary from Fastenal in Fort Thomas.

The tools from Fastenal were recovered in Independence with the original wrecked vehicle, that was originally stolen from Covington.

If more information becomes available, check back to Fort Thomas Matters. 

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, when a senseless, illogical and obviously not well thought out incident like this occurs, we can't help but think that yet another drug user has run out of drugs!