Richmond Police made a traffic stop early Tuesday morning which led to the arrest of a Lexington man tied to a burglary that occurred in November.
During the traffic stop, officers located Billy Neal of Lexington reportedly hiding under a blanket in the third row seating area of the vehicle. Police detained Neal after it was discovered that he had an active warrant for his arrest.
The driver of the vehicle then gave authorities permission to search their vehicle. During the search, they located a guitar that had previously been reported stolen. When asked about the guitar, the driver of the vehicle stated that they had purchased it for forty dollars and was unaware that it was stolen.
Neal then allegedly admitted that he had traded “dope” for the guitar on the previous night. He added that he received the guitar from an unknown female subject at a North Estill Avenue residence.
According to police, the warrant for Neal’s arrest stemmed from a reported burglary on Crooksville Road on November 22nd. The complaint warrant indicates that Neal had trespassed on a nearby farm, and was attempting to steal various tools. When confronted, Neal reportedly dropped the tools and walked to a vehicle which fled the area.
Neal was charged with 3rd Degree Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property Under $500.