Insurance burglar gets 15 years

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Weathers sentenced in 11 crimes, suspected in other counties

By Lisa King


A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on 11 counts of third-degree burglary.

He also will have to serve the remainder of a 20-year sentence he had incurred in 2003, because he was out on parole when he committed these latest crimes, Assistant Commonwealth’s attorney Melanie Carroll said.

She said that Kentucky law dictates Weathers must serve parole violation time separately from time incurred from new charges, meaning Weathers will have consecutive terms of 15 years for his Shelby County charges, 15 years from his parole violation and additional time he may receive for any conviction in Nelson County.

Weathers had been arrested in June and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary after officers apprehended him in the vicinity of Big O Tires on U.S, 60, which had just been broken into. After being arrested, he confessed to burglarizing Big O Tires as well as Goodyear on June 15, police said.

Most of the 15 break-ins that occurred throughout the city and county targeted insurance companies, and Shelby County Sheriff's Detective Jason Rice said when Weathers was arrested that 11 break-ins occurred within his jurisdiction that he felt could be attributed to Weathers.

But there were similar burglaries in Shelby and surrounding counties, and Rice and the other detectives estimated the total break-ins of all counties to be around 30.

Shelbyville PD and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office pooled their resources with law enforcement in Henry, Spencer, Oldham, Jefferson and Nelson counties to try to determine who was responsible for this spree.

And Farm Bureau announced that it was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for two break-ins at its Simpsonville office.

Bardstown detective Barbara Roby said Weathers had gone on a crime spree there in 2003 that was similar to the one in 2009. He was convicted on numerous burglary and theft charges and received a 20-year prison sentence for those offenses. He served 5 years at La Grange State Penitentiary before being granted parole last January.

He began another crime spree shortly thereafter.

Roby, who was working on the case with local detectives, said in June that Weathers was also a suspect in 11 burglaries that occurred in the Bardstown area in January 2009. She said after his sentencing Monday that she has also charged him with nine counts of burglary in Nelson County, in addition to some theft charges and some involving criminal mischief.

She expressed regret that Weathers continued his pattern of crime after serving his sentence at La Grange.

"He's a very likeable person with a nice personality," she said. "He just has a lot of problems."