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Kentucky State Police Crack Major Theft Ring
Nearly a million dollars worth of property recovered

Date of Release: 04/11/05

Image of stolen property recovered(LEXINGTON, KY) The Kentucky State Police Vehicle Investigations Section (KSP/VIS) announced the recovery of nearly one million dollars worth of stolen property located in Bourbon and Rowan counties. Working in partnership with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Police, the Clark County Sheriff's Department, KSP Post 06-Dry Ridge, and KSP Post 08-Morehead, searches were conducted in Bourbon and Rowan counties leading to the recovery of heavy equipment, cash and firearms. Image of stolen property recovered Some of the recovered property includes a track hoe, several trailers, trucks, skid loaders, rubber tire-back hoe, farm tractors, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, building materials, back hoe, dump truck and a horse trailer. The property is connected to thefts occurring in Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

Two individuals have been charged in connection with the stolen property:

  1. Ricky Ruth, 46 yoa, Morehead, Kentucky, charged on Saturday, April 9, 2005, with four (4) counts of Receiving Stolen Property, and
  2. Tracey R. Justice, 35 yoa, Morehead, Kentucky, charged on Friday, April 8, 2005 with one (1) count of Receiving Stolen Property

Both individuals were lodged in the Rowan County Jail.

Image of stolen property recovered"This case is not only an example of good detective work on the part of the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement in central and eastern Kentucky, but it also reiterates the importance of joint partnerships between law enforcement at every level," said Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence, also the Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. "Through collaborative investigative efforts--where local, state, and federal agencies share information and resources, we can effectively combat crime within the Commonwealth."

"I am extremely proud of the dedicated work of our detectives as well as our law enforcement partners in cracking this major theft ring," praised KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "This is an outstanding example of the results that can be achieved through effective partnerships such as this," Miller added.

The investigation, which is being led by KSP VIS Detectives Bill Riley and Jeff Vincent, with the assistance of LFUCG Division of Police, Clark County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police posts in Dry Ridge and Morehead, is continuing and more charges are expected. Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).

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