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Arrest warrant issued for Worthington man accused of burglarizing KFC

WORTHINGTON -- A warrant has been requested to arrest a man accused of burglarizing and stealing a safe at a Worthington fast food restaurant. Charges were filed this week alleging that Khamsone J. Soukhamthath, 30, burglarized KFC in early Janua...

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WORTHINGTON - A warrant has been requested to arrest a man accused of burglarizing and stealing a safe at a Worthington fast food restaurant.

Charges were filed this week alleging that Khamsone J. Soukhamthath, 30, burglarized KFC in early January and took a safe that reportedly contained approximately $1,000 cash.

According to the complaint, a KFC employee arrived to work Jan. 7 and noticed the safe was missing. Other than the missing safe, nothing else seemed out of the ordinary and it didn’t appear that anyone tried to forcefully gain entry to the building, the complainant told law enforcement.

A review of surveillance footage allegedly depicts two men entering a back door with a key. The officer allegedly recognized one of the men to be Soukhamthath - a former KFC employee - from prior police contacts. According to the complaint, the other man in the surveillance video was unknown to law enforcement.

Throughout the investigation, the officer learned that Soukhamthath had allegedly asked another employee to borrow his key in order to steal the safe. That employee, who is not identified in the complaint, denied lending his key to Soukhamthath.

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According to the complaint, the safe was not found during a search of Soukhamthath’s home.

Law enforcement obtained two other video clips from when Soukhamthath worked at KFC. The clips allegedly showed that he wore the same jacket, lanyard and glasses during a shift at work as the burglary suspect.

He faces two felony third-degree burglary charges, felony theft and gross misdemeanor theft. The maximum punishment is five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

Law enforcement and probation have been unable to reach him, states the complaint, which further alleges he’s unlikely to respond to a summons, as he failed to appear Tuesday for pending litigation related to alleged motor vehicle theft from Jaycox last year.

Disposition is also pending in another case that alleges Soukhamthath unlawfully possessed a firearm or ammunition. The arrest stemmed from an individual reporting that a group of people were shooting a shotgun at carp near the Lake Bella spillway.

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