Thieves have broken into dozens of cars in the south side of Lexington recently.
Police say that the group has broken into around 30 cars, some at Shillito Park, some at Wellington Park and Cardinal Run Park.
“They look around to make sure no body’s observing them. But once they’re free and clear, they start smashing windows of cars and they start taking purses and wallets and any electronics or valuables people have in there,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department.
Police say that the thieves are riding around in a Purple Chevy Tracker with a soft top.
Detectives have identified two women, Christina Davis and Mary Houp, they say that up to four people are likely involved.
Detectives are looking for one man who was caught on surveillance cameras at places like gas stations and discount stores using stolen credit cards for things like cigarettes. They believe he is involved with these car break-ins.
Police also say that the people involved in the car break-ins are also connected to a home burglary off of Nicholasville Road.
If you have any information leading to an arrest, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000. You can call in your anonymous tip to (859) 253-2020, or you can text “Lex-PD” and your tip to ‘CRIMES.’
The West Richland police department is asking everyone to keep their eyes peeled for missing 75-year-old Loy Vannapho.
West Richland police issued a Silver Alert for an endangered missing person around 3 p.m. Friday.
Vannapho is a diabetic and suffers from memory loss.
He was last seen Thursday morning near the Emerald of Siam in Richland wearing a white polo shirt and white shorts.
Vannapho also drives a 2005 silver Toyota Tundra according to police.
The license plate number reads B83979T.
If you have any information on where Vannapho may be you’re asked to call West Richland police.
A man wanted for stealing a gun from Cabela’s earlier this summer was arrested Monday night.
Police say that David Hunt was looking at a handgun at the Lexington Cabela’s when he distracted a Cabela’s employee and slipped the handgun into his back pocket.
He was caught on security camera and was featured on LEX 18’s Crime Stoppers segment.
Police say that Hunt had a warrant out for his arrest but refused to turn himself in.
On Monday night, a KSP SWAT teams filled Hunt’s home in Berea with gas before arresting him and charging him with Theft by Unlawful Taking.
A Golden Alert has been issued for an elderly man in Breathitt County.
Roosevelt Roberts is described as an 83-year-old man who weighs about 185 pounds and is 5’11”.
He was last seen on Highway 15 in Breathitt County near the Haddix Community heading north in a late model White Ford Ranger with a missing front bumper. The vehicle has the license plate number 742-HCC.
Roberts was last seen wearing a blue checkered t-shirt, blue work pants, and a ball cap.
Emergency Management says he has a mental impairment.
If seen please contact the Jackson Police Department at 606-666-2424 or call 911.
KSP says that two people wanted in connection with a Lee County murder have been taken into custody.
Jay Shoemaker, 39, and Raigan Griffin, 22, were wanted in connection with Billy Roark.
Roark and James R. Brown were killed in separate incidents in Lee County.
Police tell LEX 18 that 34-year-old Anthony Taylor and 23-year-old Kasandra White are charged with murder and complicity to murder in the deaths of both Roark and Brown.
Wesley Johnson, 22 and Kevin Kendall, 32, are charged with complicity to murder.
All four of those suspects were in court Monday.
On Monday around 6:30 p.m. troopers found Shoemaker and Griffin on Rock Lick Road in Breathitt County.
They will be lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail.
KSP Troopers are looking for the public’s help in locating a wanted man.
Troopers say that Michael Lynn Grubb, 39, of Jeffersonville, is wanted on several charges including Cruelty to Animals, Arson, Kidnapping, Robbery and Wanton Endangerment.
He is described by troopers as a white man, 280 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a goatee, a scar on his forehead and several tattoos. Troopers say he is about 6’5’’.
Grubb is considered armed and dangerous.
Troopers believe Grubb may be with Kirsten Edmondson, 45, of Taylorsville. It is believed that Edmondson is being held against her will.
Police are concerned for Edmondson’s welfare.
She is described by troopers as a white woman, 5’9’’, around 130 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes and a tattoo on the right side of her neck.
Anyone with any information should immediately contact local Law enforcement or contact KSP Post 4 at 270-766-5078.
Police are searching for a suspect who took off during a traffic stop in Lexington.
According to officials, an officer tried to pull over a man on a motorcycle for a traffic violation. The man jumped off the bike and fled from police, but not before running into a car at Sunset and Tates Creek.
Police have discovered a gun on the scene. An officer told LEX 18′s Leigh Searcy that as far as they know, the person on the bike did not have any active warrants.
Police are searching the area for the suspect, described as a black male in a white t-shirt and baggy red basketball shorts.
Lexington Police have caught up with the man they say robbed a Lexington gas station last month.
18-year-old Quantaveon Leavell is accused of robbing the Shell station on South Broadway on July 24. The store clerk says two men came into the business armed with guns and demanded money.
After running away, police say they saw a car matching the description of the getaway vehicle, a Toyota Corolla. After a short chase, police say the suspects crashed into a fence on Picadome Golf Course. The vehicle’s occupants ran away. Police say two juveniles were in the car.
Leavell was identified by his co-defendants as one of the men who entered the Shell armed with a gun. He was arrested Friday and will appear in court Monday morning to answer to a charge of first degree robbery.
The juvenile defendants have also been arrested and charged in connection to the robbery.
A man facing disturbing charges out of Michigan will now answer to several charges in Mount Sterling.
Ronald Triplett, a 67-year-old fugitive and member of the FBI’s most wanted list, will be arraigned for charges of rape and kidnapping in Mount Sterling.
The investigation in Kentucky started when police say a woman showed up to the hospital and said she had been kidnapped and raped. According to court documents, the victim says she was walking in Mount Sterling when Triplett held a gun to her head and abducted her.
She says her kidnapper took her to an undisclosed location and sexually assaulted her.
One week later, Mount Sterling Police notified authorities in Michigan that they believed the suspect was still in Kentucky. Triplett was taken into custody without incident and was extradited to Michigan to face similar charges from the past. He was then returned to Kentucky.
Mount Sterling Police say that while Triplett doesn’t appear to have a criminal history in Kentucky, he has an extensive violent criminal history in other states.
Triplett is charged with 1st degree rape, kidnapping, and 1st degree sodomy. He also faces charges of 1st degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, because detectives say he was carrying counterfeit money.
He will be arraigned on the Kentucky charges Monday.
One man is dead and three people are behind bars after an armed home robbery in Carter County.
It happened just after 8:15 a.m. on Saturday morning at a home in Olive Hill. Officials with KSP Post 14 said multiple people armed with guns forced their way into a home on Clark Hollow and took an undisclosed amount of cash. During the robbery police said an altercation occurred between the homeowner and one of the robbery suspects. That suspect, 48-year-old Kevin J. Helton of Salt Lick, was shot and killed at the scene. Two other suspects, Cindy Puckett and Jonathan Goodan, ran from the scene, and the fourth suspect, Brittany Crouch, stayed at the scene and was arrested.
KSP said during the robbery several people were at home, including children, but none of them were hurt.
Puckett, Goodan and Crouch are all lodged in the Carter County Detention Center and charged with 1st degree robbery.
KSP is investigating.