Burglary charges have been leveled against two men accused of stealing several thousand dollars worth of property during a pair of burglaries.
The men, Richard Cripps and Michael Lynn Atnip, have both been bound to the grand jury on charges of aggravated burglary and grand theft. Atnip has additionally been hit with counts of altering VINs and possessing a weapon as a convicted felon.
The men are accused of being involved in the burglary of a Flat Shoals Road home.
“Entry was made into the home by pushing a window air conditioning unit out into the floor,” said Warren County sheriff’s investigator Kevin Murphy. The burglars then proceeded to a storage shed where they broke through the door.
Taken was a Honda four-wheeler and a small trailer, among other items.
Murphy said both Atnip and Cripps became suspects and he went to interview them. It was during his visit someone told him about a motorcycle that was hidden on the property.
After recovering the motorcycle, Murphy searched through the theft records and discovered it was taken as part of a burglary the month before when someone broke into a storage shed behind a Campbell Road home.
Both men reportedly admitted to the Flat Shoals Road burglary since they were caught in possession of items taken. “Mr. Cripps admitted to the theft and Mr. Atnip admitted to possession of stolen property,” Murphy said.