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Juvenile charged in thefts

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner   A 15-year-old Bedford boy has been charged in connection with two vehicle thefts Thanksgiving weekend.  Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons said the boy, who is not being named because of his age, allegedly stole a truck Thursday night, Nov. 26, from a Bedford residence, where the vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside on Thursday night, took it on a “joyride” and brought it back to the residence. At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Coons said the juvenile returned with a friend, also a juvenile, and took the truck a second time, this time driving to Carrollton. While in Carroll County, the driver took the four-wheel-drive truck off-road, where it became stuck. The pair attempted to get the truck pulled out, but couldn’t. They then allegedly stole a car from a Carrollton residence, Coons said. On Monday morning, Carroll County Sheriff Deputy J.T. Shaw located the stolen car on State Hwy. 36 West and attempted to pull the driver over; the driver refused to pull over and Shaw engaged in a chase toward Milton, Coons said. Shaw lost sight of the car, and had thought it had turned off onto a side road. In the meantime, however, Coons said Madison Police had been notified of the situation. Police officers waiting on the other side of the Milton-Madison Bridge spotted the car, gave chase and were able to stop the vehicle and arrest the driver. The juvenile was charged by Madison Police with receiving stolen property and was transported to Carroll County Regional Detention Center, then and later transported to a juvenile detention facility in Northern Kentucky. Coons said the juvenile also was charged by his office with theft of the truck and with burglary in connection with vandalism and burglaries that occurred over the summer in Bedford. Because the case will move through juvenile court, Coons said he is uncertain what penalties the boy may be facing, if found guilty. “But, these are very serious charges,” he said. 

The Kentucky State Police also is investigating the case.