Homeless man accused of burglarizing vacant apartment

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green police charged a homeless man Saturday with burglarizing a vacant apartment after he told police he had been staying unlawfully in the apartment for two weeks and had invited others to stay there with him.

Police were called Saturday to 249 Greenwood Lane, Apartment 25, after the property owner advised police people were inside the apartment that was supposed to be vacant. Upon police arrival, two people walked out of the apartment and said four additional people were inside the apartment. Police found Ricky Mullikin, 25, hiding under the bathroom sink, according to his arrest citation.

Officers patted him down and found several syringes on Mullikin, according to his arrest citation. They also found a small bag with a white crystalline substance in it in his pants pocket.

Police warned Mullikin multiple times about providing false identifying information after they said he provided several different identifiers before admitting to the correct information, according to his citation. Police said they also found five fake $20 bills that Mullikin said he intended to use to make purchases.

Police located four warrants on him from other agencies. He was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), criminal possession of a forged instrument, giving officer false identifying information and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.