MARTINSBURG -- Two people were arrested Saturday morning and numerous items discovered after what authorities are terming an attempted burglary just south of Martinsburg.

Thanks to a call from an alert neighbor, responding deputies were able to arrest Ryan C. Bowen, 24, from Thornville, and Christi J. McCarty, 18, from Columbus, Sheriff David Shaffer said.

Ryan C. Bowen

Ryan C. Bowen

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched at approximately 10 a.m. to a possible burglary in progress at a construction site on Martinsburg Road. Arriving deputies discovered a male and female at the location.

Christy J. McCarty

During the investigation deputies discovered two handguns, a stolen trailer and a stolen side by side ATV. Officers are still working to discover if additional tools and property that were recovered are also stolen.

The case remains under investigation.

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