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Russellville man accused of breaking into police car

Published 3:49pm Monday, October 21, 2013

A Russellville man accused of breaking into a police car over the weekend was arrested on Saturday, officials said.

Michael Trent Markhem, 26, 308 Edwards Lane, Russellville, was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, second-degree theft of property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and trafficking illegal drugs, Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said.

According to Hargett, investigators were dispatched Saturday morning to the home of a Russellville police officer whose patrol car had been burglarized.

Police investigator Lt. Scotty Lowery said the car in question was one of the K-9 patrol units.

Lowery said during the break-in, a Remington shotgun and other items were reported stolen.

Lowery said Markhem was developed as a suspect during the investigation and was located by patrol units two hours later.

During questioning, Lowery said Markhem admitted to the break-in and told investigators where the shotgun and other items could be found, which were recovered a short time later.

Markhem is currently being held in custody at the Franklin County Jail without bail pending a bond revocation hearing in a separate case.

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