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Car stolen Christmas morning

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SALYERSVILLE – Two Morgan County men were arrested last week in connection to a car that was stolen on Christmas morning from a Magoffin County home.

The victim, who lives on US 460 West, reported to Mortimer Media Group that she woke up on Christmas morning to find her vehicle had been stolen. 

At the time the vehicle was stolen, the victim’s purse (including her credit cards, social security card and some cash), new shoes for her son and Christmas gifts were inside the 2013 Mitsubishi SUV.

She reported it stolen and a week later she was visiting family in Morgan County when she saw her car, which she was able to identify by a dent. She then called police and followed the vehicle until law enforcement arrived.

Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Steve Montgomery stopped the car on Litteral Road, in Salyersville, with the driver, Paul David Hager, 38, and passenger, Terri Lewis, 36, both of West Liberty, both arrested and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where they remain at press time.

Both defendants are charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000 (auto), and Hager is also charged with operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, improper registration plates, and failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance. 

According to the citation, Hager was operating the stolen vehicle with the wrong license plate and no insurance.

All the identifying emblems had been removed from the vehicle and the victim’s personal property was gone. The car reportedly had some intentional damages done to disguise it and both Hager and Lewis had personal items in the vehicle.

Kentucky State Police is still investigating the case at this time.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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