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County sees spike in thefts, burglaries

By ABIGAIL WHITEHOUSE

Contributing Writer

 

STANFORD, Ky. – There has been a spike in burglaries recently in Lincoln County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detective Rob Oney said the department responded to three separate burglaries in one day recently and has seen an overall rise in thefts and burglaries across the county.

Deputies responded to the following incidents on April 11: a pickup truck that was stolen off of Green Briar Road in Waynesburg; a cattle trailer and four cows that were stolen off of Ky. Hwy. 1194; and a Gator side-by-side that was stolen off of Greasy Ridge Road.

“As of now, all three have been recovered,” Oney said.

The cattle trailer and cows were recovered in Rockcastle County and the side-by-side was recovered on South Fork Lake Road, but  when deputies arrived, yet another theft was reported from the area where the Gator was recovered.

“There were some tools stolen from a pallet mill there,” Oney said. “They tried to use the Gator to steal the tools, got the Gator stuck over a hill and winded up just carrying the tools off.”

The stolen pickup truck was recovered in Waynesburg, with the suspects inside it.

Oney said two suspects were arrested.

It’s definitely a spike in cases, Oney said.

“We’ve had other thefts, lots of loose tools and chainsaws and stuff. Loose tools are hard to track because there’s no serial number or anything on them,” he said.

Oney provided some tips for residents to keep their belongings safe including locking doors to garages, cars, barns and buildings.

“Don’t leave lawnmowers and trailers out,” Oney said. “Make sure all of your outdoor lighting is working and if you have camera systems make sure they are working.”

Those who don’t have camera systems could look into purchasing hunting trail cameras.

“Most of these thefts are occurring when you are asleep,” he said. “Watch for suspicious cars and people. Also keep an eye on your neighbors’ property.”