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Kentucky State Police Recovers $230,000 in Stolen Property
One suspect under arrest

Date of News Release: 03/09/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police (KSP) law enforcement officers have recovered more than $230,000 in stolen property in two separate investigations in areas of KSP posts 6 and 7. So far one arrest has been made and more are expected, according to KSP Sgt. Bobby Motley, commander of the vehicle investigations branch.

"The investigation is ongoing and we do expect to make more arrests," said Motley. "One of the investigations is focussed on the Dry Ridge, Richmond and London areas while the other is primarily in Garrard County."

In the northern Kentucky area, the recovery of $150,000 in stolen property culminated a two-month investigation by KSP Detectives Bill Riley and Ryan Judd into the theft of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other items. The four motorcycles recovered are valued at $60,000 and were stolen in Kentucky and Ohio. The motorcycle investigation led to the recovery of two Peterbilt trucks, a dump trailer and a Jeep. Suspects in the theft have been identified and arrests are pending, said Motley.

In Garrard County, KSP investigators discovered a "chop shop" while following up a tip about the location of a stolen truck. Trooper Eric Gibson discovered the stolen truck and contacted Det. Riley and Det. Judd. While examining the property of James F. McQueen, 45, on Dripping Springs Road in Lancaster, the police officers found 17 more pieces of stolen property. These included vehicles as well as farm and construction equipment with an approximate total value of $85,000. McQueen was arrested at the scene and charged with 15 counts of receiving stolen property and obscuring the identity of a machine. He is lodged in the Lincoln County jail.

A ‘chop shop' refers to a location where stolen property is dismantled for parts and/or their original identification is changed, said Motley.

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