Burglary Arrest in Warren County
Date of News Release: 07/16/2015
(Smiths Grove, KY) - On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at approx. 7:00 pm Trooper Jonathan McChesney with the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green noticed that Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church had been burglarized and items had been taken from the property.
An criminal investigation was opened, where Bryan Bratcher (23) of Smiths Grove quickly became a suspect. Upon further investigation, along with tips and leads from citizens in the community, the Kentucky State Police and the Warren County Sheriff's Department continued to actively locate Bratcher, who already had active warrants for his arrest on an unrelated case.
On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at approx. 5:30 pm Trooper Jason Adkison located Bratcher and a female juvenile in a building behind a residence on Pondsville Kepler Road. The two fled into a heavily wooded area behind the residence where a perimeter was established by responding officers, as well as citizens of the community. Approximately an hour later, police dispatch received information that a victim of a separate burglary had the two fleeing suspects detained in the woods. Upon arrival of law enforcement it was determined that Melissa Glass of Smiths Grove had located and detained the two subjects. Bratcher and the juvenile were taken into custody without further incident.
Bratcher was arrested on the active warrant and charged with Burglary 3rd in reference to the break-in at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he was lodged at the Warren County Regional Jail. The juvenile was entered as missing so she was taken into custody as well.
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by both the Kentucky State Police and the Warren County Sheriff's Department. According to law enforcement, Bratcher is a suspect in several other burglaries in the Hydro and Pondsville area and several items of stolen property were recovered which are believed to be related to the recent rash of break-ins.