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3 suspected in string of break-ins

A Bourbon County jail inmate on work release allegedly broke into at least 15 homes in two counties with his girlfriend and roommate, Scott County sheriff's deputies say.

Jason Shipwash, who was being held in the Bourbon County jail, was charged Wednesday night with one count of first-degree burglary, one count of theft of more than $300 and two counts of theft of firearms, said Scott County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Hudnall.

Police also said they suspect Chris Wood and Jessica Arnold in a string of burglaries in the past two weeks in Scott and Harrison counties. All three suspects are from Georgetown, Hudnall said.

Shipwash had participated in a work-release program in which he was allowed to leave the Bourbon County jail from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, said Hudnall.

Shipwash was supposed to work for Wood, who ran Wood Construction and lived with Shipwash and his girlfriend, Arnold.

But deputies say the three broke into homes across Scott and Harrison counties during Shipwash's 12 hours away from jail.

Hudnall said guns, jewelry, money, tools and medications, including OxyContin, were stolen. About 60 percent of the firearms have been recovered.

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