ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky woman who authorities say left her jail release paperwork at the scene of a burglary is facing fresh charges.
The curious case of Kala Horton, 30, also identified previously by authorities as Kala White, first came to light last week, The Daily Independent in Ashland reported. Catlettsburg police said just hours after Horton was released from the Boyd County Detention Center on public intoxication charges, she was identified as a suspect in a burglary and vehicle theft near the county jail.
The clue that led to Horton’s identification as a suspect?
Her jail release paperwork.
The burglary unfolded just a few hours after Horton got out of jail a week ago, the newspaper reported. Authorities said following her release, they believe she broke into a nearby home, stealing cash, a blanket, and a vehicle.
“My wife heard noises around 1:30 a.m.,” said the home’s resident, Mark Steele. “We noticed that the truck was gone, the keys, a hundred dollar bill from my wife’s purse, and the inmate left release papers in the driveway.”
Horton was taken back in to custody in nearby Ironton, Ohio, after the Ironton Police Department received a call that a woman had overdosed. Horton, authorities said, had allegedly switched the tags of the vehicle and police recovered it nearby.
Horton was treated for the overdose then arrested by local police and transported back to the jail with new charges of second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking.