An alert businessman called police and thwarted a break-in of a Uniontown home last Thursday morning, police said.
Andrew Nehrt, co-owner of Pro-Form Plastic in Uniontown called 911 from his cell phone to report a break-in in progress at the residence located on the southwest corner of US 31 and State Road 250 in Uniontown. Nehrt parked his vehicle at a used car lot diagonally across from the residence and provided Indiana State Police Trooper Jared E. Black and Trooper Trainee Korry Clark updated details of the suspicious individuals’ movements he observed.
Nehrt told troopers that two white males wearing black t-shirts walked behind the residence and had not been seen in some time. Police checked the exterior of the home and discovered an open garage door with broken glass.
The troopers, believing the suspects were still in the house, radioed for assistance while setting up a perimeter around the residence. Before additional police arrived two males fitting the description given by Nehrt exited the rear of the residence fleeing on foot when troopers ordered them to stop. The pair continued running past police patrol cars arriving on the scene to assist. Following a short foot pursuit, both suspects were taken into custody.
The two suspects were identified as Travis Lee Moore, 21, and Brandon A. Manning, 20, both from Louisville, Kentucky.
During a search of the pair, jewelry, allegedly from the residence, was discovered on Moore. A driver’s license check on both suspects revealed outstanding warrants for their arrests from Fayette County, Indiana.
While investigating how the suspects arrived in the area, officers were directed to a damaged gray Honda Civic, parked at the nearby Marathon Gas Station. A registration check on the vehicle revealed it had been stolen in Fayette County, Indiana.
Both Manning and Moore were incarcerated in Jackson County Jail.
Brandon Andrew Manning is charged with burglary.
Travis Lee Moore is charged with theft, possession of stolen property, resisting law enforcement.
Manning’s warrants in Fayette County were for burglary and two counts of theft. Moore’s warrants in Fayette County were for five counts of burglary.
“The assistance of Andrew Nehrt, helped put this case together very quickly,” ISP Trooper Jared Black.