Receiving Stolen Property arrest in Laurel County

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that: That Detective Kevin Berry along with Detective Kyle Gray and Lieut. Greg Poynter arrested Christopher Johnson age 33 of East Pittsburg Rd., London on Thursday afternoon December 8, 2016 at approximately 2:25 PM.

The arrest occurred off Little Pittsburg Road, approximately 4 miles north of London as deputies conducted an investigation and developed leads into the theft of numerous items from a storage building belonging to East Bernstadt Elementary School.

Deputy Travis Napier investigated the theft on December 5, 2016 that occurred on School Street in East Bernstadt where numerous items were stolen from a storage building belonging to East Bernstadt School that contained a zero turn lawnmower, a pitching machine, numerous softballs, numerous softball bats, and several school jerseys.

On December 8 the Sheriff's office developed a lead on the stolen property recovering a pitching machine from a local pawn shop who cooperated with the Sheriff's office.

As the investigation continued, detectives and deputies from the Sheriff's office traveled to a location off Little Pittsburg Road where they located the reported stolen zero turn lawnmower and numerous softballs and bats. They found stolen softballs all over the yard and driveway. Stolen bats were found inside the residence.The majority of the stolen property has been recovered by the Sheriff's office.

Christopher Johnson who was located at the residence where the stolen property found was found and he was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property $10,000 or more. In addition, this subject was charged on a Laurel County bench warrant of arrest for failure to appear in court on charges of receiving stolen property under $500 and contempt of court. This subject was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Deputies assisting on the investigation included Senior Deputy Brandon Broughton, Deputy Tommy Houston, Deputy Brad Mink, Deputy Keith Dinsmore, and Cpl. Jack Caudill.

Inset photo of the accused is courtesy of the Laurel County Detention Center. Photos of recovered stolen property also are inset in picture of the home where they were recovered.

The investigation is continuing.


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