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Man indicted for burglary, fleeing on foot

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man who led local police officers on a foot chase after attempting to rob two businesses has been indicted.

Thomas Jacob Devers, 19, of Shepherdsville, has been charged by the Bullitt County Grand Jury with robbery, criminal attempt to commit robbery and fleeing police.

On the morning of Oct. 10, Devers allegedly went into the Rite Aid in Shepherdsville to commit a robbery.

He was holding a deadly weapon while threatening to use force on one of the employees.

After that robbery, he went to the Dollar General Store, located in the same shopping center, where he threatened another employee with the deadly weapon during the attempted burglary.

He fled on foot as he was quickly followed by officers with the Shepherdsville Police Department, with assistance from the sheriff’s office.

After a short chase, the man was apprehended.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The most serious offense is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

He is currently housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

His next appearance is set for Jan. 30 in Bullitt Circuit Court.

Det. Steve Clark worked the case for the Shepherdsville Police Department.

In another burglary-related indictment, Michael P. Bethel has been indicted for entering a man’s home while carrying a deadly weapon.

According to the indictment, Bethel entered a home on Sept. 16, 2016, with the intent to commit a crime.

While in the home, he allegedly pointed a handgun at another person, which placed her in danger.

Bethel has been indicted for burglary, wanton endangerment, assault and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Of the offenses, the most serious is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

However, with a pair of past felony convictions, Bethel was charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Any sentence received could be enhanced due to the PFO charge.

James Miller of the Pioneer Village Police Department investigated the case.

 

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. Instead, it means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.