Two men have been charged in a case in which a sledgehammer was used to break into a liquor store in Madison County.
Richmond police said the duo broke into Monty’s Liquor on Berea Road through a back drive-through window about 4:15 a.m. March 24. Once inside, they took 21 cartons of cigarettes valued at $882, police said in a news release.
Police got information at the scene indicating that the burglars might have been driving a maroon SUV.
Two hours later, police said, the Madison County sheriff’s office began investigating a similar burglary at the Dollar General store on Boonesboro Road.
Three days later, received a report that two people broke out the glass of the front door at Waco BP about 2:30 a.m. The Richmond police officer investigating the liquor store burglary got into position to watch for the suspects’ vehicle, and he soon saw a maroon SUV pass by, police said.
The officer stopped the SUV and found Christopher Elliott, 37, and Scott Kincaid, 45, inside with bolt cutters, screwdrivers, a hammer, gloves, bandannas, a ski mask and a toboggan hat.
On Friday, Richmond police charged Elliott and Kincaid, both of Louisville, in the liquor store burglary.
They already were being held at the Madison County jail on charges related to other burglaries.
Elliott is charged with three counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief, according to the jail website, and Kincaid is facing two counts of burglary, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of identity theft.