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Teamwork Pays Off In Arrests And Recovery Of Stolen Merchandise

Date of News Release: 11/16/2009

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- The power of teamwork paid off recently when the Kentucky State Police, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) worked together to recover almost $1 million in stolen merchandise.

On Nov. 1, officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department responded to reports of two suspicious persons at a truck stop on I-75 near Somerset. After questioning one adult male and his 17-year-old son, it was determined that the adult was wanted in Tennessee by the ATF on federal charges relating to the theft of a tractor trailer load of cigarettes. The adult subject was taken into custody and arraigned in federal court in London.

After further questioning by ATF investigators, the subject offered information about two shipments of stolen goods hidden in storage units in Somerset. Acting on this information, Pulaski County Sheriff's Department officers located $360,000 worth of Puma shoes and $544,000 worth of assorted DVDs.

Additional information offered by the suspect led Kentucky State Police Troopers to one stolen semi tractor truck and two trailers used to transport the merchandise. The truck was valued at $60,000 and the trailers at $15,000 each.

The adult suspect has been returned to Tennessee on federal warrants. His son was also returned to Tennessee on a juvenile petition.

"This case is an excellent example of what can be achieved when federal, state and local law enforcement agencies join forces," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "The results are greater than each agency could have achieved alone. It creates a ripple effect that extends the reach of individual agencies and pays off in investigative efficiency. I commend all those involved and look forward to continuing this cooperation in the future."

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