A man accused of a string of burglaries of tobacco retail stores has been indicted by a LaRue County grand jury.
Tracy Shanklin, 44, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
Shanklin is accused of breaking into Smoketown II on South Lincoln Boulevard Dec. 23, 2009, and cleaning out the stock of Marlboro cigarettes.
Shanklin and an accomplice were implicated in similar burglaries in Louisville. The crime wave began in November 2009 at the Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet on Hubbards Lane in Louisville.
Shanklin, who is serving six years in Roderer Correction Complex for robbery, has previously been convicted of first-degree facilitation to robbery; first-degree possession of handgun/firearm by convicted felon; complicity to burglary; tampering with physical evidence; and receiving stolen property.
Bail was set at $50,000 cash only. His arraignment was June 6 in LaRue Circuit Court.
Kentucky State Police and the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and the person is innocent until and unless proven guilty.