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Three trucks stolen in a week


MAGOFFIN – In less than a week, three trucks were reported stolen from Magoffin County, with one arrest made and law enforcement still on the lookout for two of the trucks. 

On Tuesday, October 8, an 80-year-old man was given a ride home to Coal Branch in his own truck, but when he got up on Wednesday morning, his truck was gone and he noticed one of his truck keys was missing off of his key ring. 

The man identified the person who drove him home and the 1997 Ford F150 was recovered on Wednesday afternoon on Stumbo Hollow by the Floyd County Sheriff Department. 

On Tuesday, October 15, Salyersville Police Department arrested Russell B. Craft, age 20, of Floyd County, and charged him with theft by unlawful taking (auto, $500 or more but under $10,000).

At press time Craft is lodged at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

On Saturday, October 12, at approximately 9 p.m., a man parked his 1996 Ford F150, color white with gold trim on the bottom, extended cab with a black push bar on the front and a toolbox on the back with a large quantity of hand and power tools, on the side of a city street by the old water plant at the bottom of the Ivy Point Hill. When he came back an hour later, his truck was gone.

An eyewitness saw someone leave in the truck at approximately 9:15 p.m. 

Surveillance cameras at the Salyersville Independent show the truck did not come back through town, so it traveled west on US 460. 

Salyersville Police Department is still investigating this case and is looking for more information about the whereabouts of the truck.

Later in the night on Saturday, a man in Gunlock noticed that his truck was missing from his residence. The truck is a red 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, 1500 series, Z71 extended cab. Kentucky State Police is also investigating this case. 

At this time, law enforcement does not know if the cases were connected. 

Law enforcement is still asking for any information on either of the missing trucks. Kentucky State Police Post 9 can be reached by calling 606-433-7711. Salyersville Police Department’s phone number is 606-349-3255.

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.


Heather Oney

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