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Police: Woman Caught Burglarizing Home After She Called Fire Department

A suspect in a burglary in Madisonville, Kentucky, was arrested after she called 911 to report a fire hazard inside of the home that she is accused of burglarizing.

Mary K. Smith, 42, was inside the home on Aug. 22 to steal prescription medications and cigarette filters, police say. 

That’s when she noticed the kitchen stove’s burner was left on. Smith became worried that it would catch on fire, so she called 911, Surf KY reported.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they spoke with Smith, who was still inside the home. After some time, they became suspicious that the home was not hers.

Smith, who lives a few houses away on the same street, went back to her home. At that point, firefighters requested the assistance of the Madisonville Police Department.

Smith admitted to entering the house with the intention of stealing the medication and cigarette filters, said Officer Justice Jones, who interviewed Smith at the time.

She also told the responding officer that she feared the stove would catch something on fire and that’s why she called 911.

Officers say Smith also admitted to stealing a red wagon from the home and was charged with second-degree burglary. She was taken to the Hopkins County Detention Center. Her bail is pending at $2,000, reports The Huffington Post.

Second-degree burglary is a class C felony in Kentucky. Class C felonies in Kentucky could lead to a prison sentence of at least five years, but no more than 10 years, according to eHow.

Madisonville is above the median in Kentucky for crime rates, Neighborhood Scout reported. With a population of almost 20,000, there were 107 reports of burglary. The rate of burglaries per 1,000 persons is 5.41. The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Madisonville is 1 in 41.

Sources: Surf KY, The Huffington Post, eHow, Neighborhood Scout

Photo credit: Wonderlane/Flickr, Madisonville Hopkins County Jail via


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