TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Theft by Unlawful Taking Arrest in Lyon County
Date of News Release: 12/05/2010
(Eddyville, Ky.) -- On December 5th, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 1-Mayfield received information from a Princeton theft victim's family concerning a "good Samaritan" who was willing to return a 78 year old female's purse that had been stolen from her shopping cart while she was at Wal-Mart in Princeton on December 4th. The victim initially reported the theft of her purse and contents to the Princeton Police Department shortly after discovering her purse was missing. The victim was later contacted by telephone, by Channing Ramey (34) of Kuttawa; the alleged "good Samaritan". Mr. Ramey claimed to have found the purse on the side of the road between Princeton and Eddyville and was willing to meet the victim in Lyon County on December 5th, in order to return it.
The victim's family became suspicious and notified state police. A subsequent joint investigation between the Princeton Police Department and Troopers from Post 1 revealed that Mr. Ramey was the person who actually stole the victim's purse, while the female victim was shopping at Wal-Mart. Mr. Ramey subsequently met with the victim and one of her family members in Eddyville, at approximately 2:00 pm today while Troopers conducted surveillance nearby. The victim's purse was returned to her by Mr. Ramey; however, it was missing cash and a cellular telephone belonging to the victim.
Troopers stopped Mr. Ramey in Eddyville shortly after the exchange where they learned that Mr. Ramey had a different story to police than he had previously given to the victim. This time he claimed he found the purse in the parking lot of the store and decided to keep it for safe keeping rather than turn it in to proper authorities. The amount of money reported stolen from the victim's purse was found on Mr. Ramey's person at this time. A subsequent search of his residence on KY 819 near Kuttawa by KSP Troopers, led to the discovery of the victim's cellular telephone that was reported stolen from her purse. Troopers also recovered the SIM card issued to the victim, in Mr. Ramey's discarded garbage.
Channing Mr. Ramey was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property - Under $500. He was also cited to court for No Insurance and Expired Registration. Mr. Ramey was lodged in the Caldwell County Jail. The investigation continues by Kentucky State Police and the Princeton Police Department. The identity of the victim is not being released at the request of her family.