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Mom, daughter charged with break-ins

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By Bryan Marshall

 

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A Grant County mother and daughter have been arrested for allegedly breaking into the Corinth Post Office and taking mail and packages.

Melissa Courtney, 35, of Corinth, was charged July 19 with three counts of third-degree burglary, theft of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and possession of burglary tools.

Her 18-year-old daughter, Katelyn N. Courtney, was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, theft of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

“They stole mail and packages,” Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said. “In some of the packages they stole, there were prescription drugs. According to Katelyn, they were looking for any money that was sent in the mail like in a birthday card or something.” 

The Corinth Post Office was broken into on June 30 and July 3, leading the United States Postal Service to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

While the Kentucky State Police were in charge of the investigation, Dills said he was contacted by the postmaster and a postal inspector about setting up surveillance cameras at the facility after the second break-in.

“We set up the cameras in a couple locations within the post office,” Dills said. “On July 7, we captured two females trying to break in to the same sliding, pull-down door that had been broken into before. This time, it was more secure and they couldn’t get in.”

Dills forwarded the surveillance photos to the post office and other residents in the Corinth area, but was unable to get an identification on the suspects.

“Knowing one of the girls was a younger girl, we reached out to kids around high-school age to give us a positive ID and they did of Katelyn,” Dills said.

Katelyn attends Grant County High School and would be a senior in August, according to Dills.

The sheriff’s office located Katelyn’s residence on Thomas Lane and arrested her on July 17.

“I showed her a picture we had of the video and had her ID the person who was with her,” Dills said. “She stated it was her mother that was in the picture with her. That night she admitted to the other burglaries.”

Katelyn’s mother, Melissa, was in the Georgetown area at the time of her daughter’s arrest and was supposed to turn herself in, according to Dills.

However, the mother was not located until July 19 when she was found in a vehicle near her residence in the vicinity of the Corinth City Building.

The mother-daughter duo are lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.