By Portia Williams
September 6, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
GREENUP, KY. — Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said he retrieved $100,000 worth of stolen vehicles including four pickup trucks, a motorcycle, and an All Terrain Vehicle.
According to Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper, three people have been indicted and one remains in custody in the Lawrence County Jail in connection with the four-month long theft investigation.
Shawn DeLong 35, of Pedro, Ohio, John Blair 34, of Lawrence County, Ohio, and Gregory Cox 42, also of Lawrence County, Ohio have been indicted and charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
Cox remains in custody in the Lawrence County Jail.
According to Cooper, he had been working in conjunction with other agencies in Ohio and Kentucky investigating a series of thefts which began in April and continued up three weeks ago.
“I met with various individuals who came to me with vehicles to sell with the understanding that they were all stolen. I met with them, we agreed on a price and I bought them,” Cooper said.
After purchasing the vehicles, Cooper said they stored them in a remote location where they been housed for the last four months.
Cooper said he purchased stolen vehicles consisting of a Red 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup for about $2,500, a silver 2006 Toyota 4Runner for $1,800, a white 2013 Nissan Titan pickup truck for about $4,500, a black 2006 Ram 1500 pickup truck, a 2002 black Harley Davidson motorcycle, and 2004 Gator ATV.
“We brought them all down here yesterday. Deputy Darrell McCarty is the one who went to the grand jury on all of these. He went last Thursday, and we have indictments now,” Cooper said.
The owner of the Harley Davidson, Jim DeLong, a Vietnam Veteran from Ohio came to claim his property, which he said was very dear to him.
“We call it our dream bike. We put a lot of extra parts on it. We are just super happy that we got it back. I really don’t care why, just as long as we got it back,” DeLong said.
Cooper said other property owners will pick up their vehicles at a later time.
“Agencies from Ohio and Kentucky have helped me the entire time. I kept close contact with them, and they helped me with intelligence and with some of the suspects, as well as a couple of Federal agencies,” Cooper said.
He said received help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
Cooper said it is an ongoing investigation.
“There were some other items that I bought from individuals that we just just can’t say anything about yet. I am pleased with the way everything came out, and us being able to get the people that did the business with me directly on these specific items,” he said.
Cooper said he is certain that more charges and indictments will follow, as well as more stolen property.
“By the time this all said and done, three arrests is not even going to touch it, there is going to be a bunch of arrests. It is going to reach beyond Greenup County and a lot more serious charges,” Cooper said.
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