London, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that Deputy Josh Scott along with Sgt. Robbie Grimes assisted by London City Police Officer Eric Stallard investigated the thefts of two different vehicles and recovered both vehicles on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
The investigating officers reported that they recovered a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that was stuck in the mud on a farm off Howard Lane, approximately 5 miles east of London.
That vehicle had been reported stolen to London City Police Officer Eric Stallard as being stolen off Mullins Avenue in South London overnight and was valued at $7000.00.
Officers conducting the investigation also learned that a dual wheel closed cab John Deere farm tractor valued at nearly $100,000.00 had been stolen from the farm apparently by the person or persons that abandoned the Jeep Wrangler in the same location.
Witnesses saw the farm tractor leaving at a high rate of speed between 7 and 9 AM Saturday morning turning onto KY 521. Later on Saturday afternoon, Jay Brummett found a John Deere closed cab farm tractor abandoned on a farm off KY 1189 and notified deputies who determined that it was the farm tractor stolen earlier in the day off Howard Lane.
Witnesses near the recovery of the farm tractor reportedly observed a white male in his mid-20s with a goatee wearing a ball cap and glasses drive the farm tractor onto the farm.
Investigation into the thefts is continuing. Anyone with any information about this suspect is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 606-864-6600 or 606-878-7000.
Information will be strictly confidential. Photos of the two recovered stolen vehicles provided by investigating officers.