Redmon said that in early December a utility trailer was reported stolen from Lowes Home Improvement Center in Mayfield. Someone had cut a cable and removed the trailer from the parking lot sometime after the store closed.
A Kentucky State Police dispatcher that was aware of the theft contacted one of the Sheriff’s Offices. Detectives and told him about an internet posting she had viewed of a trailer matching the description of the stolen one from Lowes. The photo showed the the trailer was near downtown Paducah.
Through a covert operation with the assistance of the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, detectives were able to locate the trailer near the Dublin community in Graves County. During the interview process it was determined that other juveniles were involved in the theft.
During follow-up interviews, deputies learned that another trailer was stolen Friday night from a business in Benton and from the Walmart in Benton. At that time detectives in Marshall County were contacted and it was learned that the trailer belonged to the Marshall County Attorney Jeff Edwards.
On Monday Detectives from Graves and Marshall Counties Sheriff’s Office followed up with another interview and learned that after the juveniles stole the trailer in Benton, they drove to Polaris of Benton pulling the stolen trailer and left with two 2014 Polaris four wheelers valued around $20,000.00.
The juveniles then traveled to Graves County in the Hopewell Road area and hid the trailer and 4 wheelers in a wooded area behind an abandoned house. The third juvenile, still unaware that law enforcement was trying to locate him, was found at a friend’s house on Hopewell Road where he had been riding one of the stolen four wheelers and had hidden it deep into a wooded area near the house.
The trailer and four wheelers were taken to a Sheriff’s Office impound lot and all the juveniles were released to their parents. They await court proceedings in Marshall and Graves counties.