(Editor’s Note: Due to a production error, the wrong story was run under this headline in the paper version of this week’s story. We apologize for the error and will run a correction in next week’s issue.)
A local man is in jail after attempting to break into a Mercer County home on New Year’s Day.
And while jail may not be the ideal way to kick off 2021, everyone can be glad the situation wasn’t much worse.
At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, Dep. Wes Gaddis of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about a burglary in progress at a home on Irish Ridge Road.
When Gaddis arrived, he found Michael Wayne Tyler, 42, of Harrodsburg, trying to gain entry into the home.
Tyler had used a small table to break the glass out of the front door, the deputy said.
Gaddis said Tyler did not know the homeowner.
He said Tyler, who appeared to be intoxicated, claimed people were after him and he was trying to find somewhere to hide.
“He’s lucky he didn’t get inside,” Gaddis said.
According to the deputy, the homeowner and her son, who had also been called over, were both armed.
Tyler was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree burglary and 1st-degree criminal mischief.
He is being held without bond pending pretrial services.
Dep. Wes Gaddis of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is the arresting officer.