Posted: Jul 17, 2012 10:10 AM
Updated: Jul 17, 2012 12:51 PM
Officers with the Nicholasville Police Department responded on July 11 to a home on Cannonball Road in reference to a burglary that had taken place at the residence. The victim in the case reported that someone had broken a window with a rock and entered her residence. Suspects had stolen a century safe containing over $19,000 worth of old gold and silver coins and various jewelry items.
Shortly after the call, officers responded to Kroger on South Main in reference to a suspicious persons call. The caller stated that there were three subjects in the store trying to cash in and sell silver and gold coins. After looking at the surveillance video officers identified one of the subjects as Aaron Nichols. The video also showed all three subjects getting into a silver small car. A witness from the earlier burglar had noted a silver car parked near the residence and a white male in the area as well.
Later in the evening, officers were working the fair detail and observed Aaron Nichols playing basketball in the area. He was also observed carrying a bag and getting into a small silver vehicle parked in the area. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and three subjects were found inside the car. A search of the vehicle turned up some jewelry that was taken in the burglary. Also found inside the car were several firearms.
The other items that were stolen in the burglary were recovered at Kroger on South Main and at a local business where the subjects took the items in order to try to sell them for cash. The owner of the business is cooperating with police and has turned over the stolen items that were given to him.
Aaron Nichols, 26, Joshua D. McIntosh, 26, and Steven Welch, 19, were found in the vehicle at the time of the stop. Nichols and Welch were arrested at the scene for unrelated charges. McIntosh was initially released and has since been arrested for receiving stolen property over $10,000.
Arrest warrants have been obtained for Nichols and Welch. Each are being charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and Welch has an additional charge of tampering with physical evidence.