Metropolis man charged in McCracken County burglary

A Metropolis man was arrested Friday on charges stemming from the burglary of a TVA Credit Union in West Paducah that happened Sept. 22, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department. 

At about 12:28 a.m. on Sept. 22, deputies responded to an alarm activation at the credit union, located at 7755 Metropolis Lake Road. The sheriff’s department says employees were already at the credit union, and they told deputies a suspicious car was parked about 100 yards southeast of the business. 

Deputies found that the car, a silver 2006 Saturn, belonged to a private security guard for the TVA Shawnee Power Plant —36-year-old Jesse Williams. The sheriff’s department says deputies found a metal cash box and a tire tool on the floor of the front passenger side of the car and a set of shoe prints on a wooden ramp leading to the business’ front door. 

Williams called 911 about an hour after deputies arrived, saying he was in the woods east of the credit union. The sheriff’s department says Williams said he was on his way to the plant when he saw three people on the side of the road across from the business. He said when the individuals saw him, they ran towards the woods. He said he tried to chase them in his car, and they dropped items near the edge of the woods before entering the woods. 

The sheriff’s department says Williams claimed he stopped the car and picked up the items, which he said included the cash box, and put them in his car. He said he chased the people into the woods, where he became lost. 

Williams couldn’t explain why he waited an hour before calling police, the sheriff’s department says. He wasn’t scheduled to work at the plant that night. 

Employees later determined that a cash box was missing from the credit union. After further investigation, Williams was arrested with help from the Metropolis Police Department and jailed in the Massac County Jail on a $5,000 bond. 

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