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KY man accused of breaking home, pretending to be paramedic


Police say a Paducah, Kentucky man broke into the home of a 77-year-old man and pretended to be a paramedic sent to check on the man.

Martin C. Gossett, 31, faces charges of alcohol intoxication, second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary.

According to Paducah police, the man told officers he awoke to find a stranger standing next to him. He said the intruder told him he was a paramedic and that he had been called to check on the man.

The homeowner said he told the intruder that he was not home alone, and the man went out the back door, taking a bottle of blood pressure medication as he left.

The victim described the burglar as a white man wearing a blue jacket with a bald spot in his beard. He said the man had a tattoo on his left hand.

Police found a cigarette butt in the kitchen that apparently belonged to the burglar.

A short time later, Officer Kevin Collins saw a man riding a bicycle the wrong way on Jefferson Street in the 2300 and 2400 blocks. He said he found the man was intoxicated, weaving unsteadily and slurring his speech.

Police say Gossett matched the description of the burglar. He was carrying a Craftsman tool bag. In his pockets, officers found a large amount of change and a brown wallet containing the identification of a second Jefferson Street resident.

Officers contacted that man, who checked his garage and reported his Craftsman drill, his wallet and loose change had been taken. He also told police he found a black flashlight inside the garage that did not belong to him.

Gossett was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

It is believed that Gossett may have committed other crimes in the area, and more charges may be forthcoming.

Police say Gossett has been imprisoned on similar charges before.

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