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Four area residents have been arrested in connection to a month long series of thefts spread across two counties.
On April 8, Henry County Sheriff’s Department Detective Danny Stivers arrested Paul W. Kimberlin, 20, of Smithfield, Matthew K. Graves, 18, of Louisville, Nicole L. Smith, 20, of Bedford, and Dereck W. Townsend, 20, of Pendleton, on charges related to thefts of ATVs, a utility trailer and an electric guitar.
Kimberlin, Graves and Townsend each were charged with three counts of receiving stolen property and one count of theft by unlawful taking. Smith was charged with just one count of receiving stolen property.
Stivers said HCSD Deputy Mike Lucas received a tip that Kimberlin may have stolen property at his home, and investigated the claim along with Sheriff Danny Cravens. “We (drove) by there, and when we did, saw these four-wheelers sitting out,” Stivers said. At the scene were two stolen ATVs and a stolen dirt bike. While there, the sheriff’s department also got information about more stolen property at a home on Ridge Road in Oldham County.
“Due to the investigation, we ended up with all the stolen stuff and where it came from,” Stivers said. Eventually, one suspect took investigators to where each stolen item came from.
The property stolen from Henry County, Stivers said, includes two four-wheelers, a three-wheeler and a guitar. He said that the group also stole a utility trailer, scooters and one or two more ATVs in Oldham County.
Most of the stolen items were sitting outside, Stivers said. “They would see it, drive by the residence and park three or four houses down, go back, push it out of the yard, push it down the street, and pick it up with a pick-up truck,” he said. In a case of creative thinking, the thieves stole one item, put it in their truck, then stole a utility trailer. After getting the trailer, the thieves took another ATV, and put the ATV on the trailer.
Stivers said that the group kept everything they took, and “were actually taking all this stuff down and riding the heck out of it.”
Some property owners hadn’t yet reported their property as stolen. “The stuff in La Grange, they only had open cases on one piece,” Stivers said.
“I’m just glad we caught them when we did. I don’t think they were going to stop.”
All four were lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center, and all except Smith were held on $2,500 bonds. Each was arraigned in Henry County District Court Monday morning, with Kimberlin, Graves and Townsend entering not guilty pleas. Preliminary hearings in the cases will be held on April 20.
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