Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Stolen Equipment Recovered
Kentucky State Police Join Local And National Agencies To Recover Stolen Equipment in Carter And Lewis Counties
Date of News Release: 03/18/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Forty-three pieces of heavy equipment stolen in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio by two separate theft rings and valued at an estimated $1.3 million were recently recovered by the joint efforts of the Kentucky State Police, the FBI, the Carter County and Lewis County (Ky.) Sheriff's Depts. and the Scotio County (Ohio) Sheriff's Dept.
The investigation started on March 5 when Carter Co. Deputy Sherriff Richard May, acting on information from the FBI office in Huntington, W.Vir., located 19 vehicles with their VIN numbers obscured at a private residence near Grayson, Ky. The discovery led to the arrest of one male suspect on two charges of receiving stolen property.
Sgt. Bobby Motley, Det. Bill Riley and Det. Ryan Judd, of the Kentucky State Police Vehicle Investigations Unit, were called in to assist in the investigation on March 8 and identified 16 of the vehicles as having been stolen in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.
The number of vehicles recovered in Carter County eventually totaled 23 including one 2008 Cargo Express enclosed trailer, one 2003 Haulmark enclosed trailer, one 2008 Pitts flatbed trailer, one 2004 Cronkhite flatbed trailer, one 2004 Melrose excavator, one 5x12-foot flatbed trailer, one 5x10-foot flatbed trailer, one 2002 Big Tex flatbed trailer, one1992 Ford dump truck, one 1982 Ford dump truck, one 1994 Ford dump truck, one 2000 Freightliner truck, one 2007 Winston flatbed trailer, one 2005 Talbert flatbed trailer, one 1994 Freightliner truck, one 2006 Cat trac hoe, one 2002 Volvo grader, one 2008 Cat dozer, one Cat 5DMXL dozer, one 2005 Cat dozer, one 2008 Kubota tractor, one 1999 Raven semi trailer and one Cat jack hammer attachment.
On March 11, Det. Riley and FBI agent Jeff Long joined Lewis Co. Deputy Sheriff Dwayne Stone in recovering a Cat D4G dozer that had been stolen from Ohio.
The investigators then traveled to a private residence on the outskirts of Portsmouth, Ohio where, with the help of Scotio Co. (Ohio) Sheriff's Dept. Investigator Denver Triggs, they located 11 stolen vehicles and pieces of equipment including one 2006 Cat excavator, one John Deere dozer, one Cat 580M backhoe, one Interstate flatbed trailer, one John Deere skid steer, one Komatsu mini excavator, one black flatbed trailer, one Vermeer wood chipper, one Bobcat sweeper attachment, one Bobcat bucket and one Komatsu bucket.
On March 14, investigators returned to Lewis County where they recovered eight additional pieces of equipment including one 2005 John Deere backhoe, one Cat D3G dozer, one Bobcat skid steer, one John Deere 310G backhoe, one John Deere 310SG, one Ditch Witch, one Hudson equipment trailer and one 2007 Takeuchi excavator.
Investigations are continuing by all the agencies involved and further charges and arrests are expected.