Two men charged for break-in at Community Services

Published 8:24 am Monday, December 31, 2018

A pair of men charged with attempting to break into Clark County Community Services on Christmas Eve and stealing a car from a used car lot.

Eric James Lucas and Alexander Eastridge, both 19 of 15 Taylor Ave., are facing multiple charges including third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.

According to a social media post by CCCS, two people attempted to break into CC’s Closet, the agency’s thrift store, and used a crowbar to break door handles, the entrance door and a camera. They fled after triggering the alarm, the post said.

After being notified by the alarm company shortly before 1 a.m., Winchester Police began investigating the burglary as well as an attempted auto theft from King Brothers. The surveillance video from CCCS showed Eastridge, and led detectives to his residence at 15 Taylor Ave. Lucas, who was also in the residence, fled from officers across Maple Street until he was captured near Wall Alley and Broadway Street. During the pursuit, a Winchester Police detective was struck by a vehicle while  chasing Lucas across Maple Street, according to the citation.

Lucas, according to court documents, admitted to the burglary and causing the damage at King Brothers the same night. Eastridge was arrested without incident and admitted the jacket and hat in the video were his.

Police said a witness also saw Eastridge at both locations.

Lucas is charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Eastridge is charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking (auto) and third-degree criminal trespassing.

Lucas and Eastridge are lodged in the Clark County Detention Center on bonds of $20,000 and $5,000, respectively.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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