Crime spree leads to charges against 4 juveniles

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PADUCAH – The Paducah Police and McCracken County Sheriff’s Department were involved in separate but related investigations involving the overnight burglary of McKeel Equipment as well as the theft of merchandise and two vehicles from the business.

At the same approximate time, McCracken Sheriff’s Deputies and detectives began receiving reports of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from at least two county area residents, as well as some vehicle break-ins.

McKeel Equipment reported the theft of a 2008 Ford F-350 truck and a 1995 F-150 pickup as well as merchandise and electronics. The suspects reportedly broke into the business, stole keys to the vehicles, and then stole them, ramming the gate to get out. Sheriff’s deputies found both of the vehicles abandoned the next morning.

Deputies also took theft reports from several area residents in the Jacobs Drive area (near Strathmore) for the theft of two additional vehicles, a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup, and a 1997 Plymouth Van. Other area residents reported their vehicles being rummaged through and various items stolen. One vehicles owner reported the theft of a .22 caliber pistol. These last two vehicles were found abandoned back inside the Paducah City Limits near North 8th Street and H.C. Mathis Drive.

Sheriff’s detectives set up surveillance on a residence later during the day (Wed) on a residence located at 1736 North 10th Street in Paducah, as it was suspected that the suspects involved were hiding. At around 9PM, sheriff’s detectives searched the home and located two juveniles that were involved in the burglary and thefts. They also recovered numerous items that were stolen from McKeel Equipment, as well as items suspected as being stolen in a series of car break ins. Marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia were also seized. A .22 caliber pistol that was stolen from a car break in on Jacobs Drive was also recovered in a bed with one of the juveniles.

 

Both juveniles ages 16 and 17 were arrested. Two additional juveniles that were involved in the thefts and burglary are still being sought. They are both 17 years of age. Due to juvenile privacy laws, their names and descriptions are not being released at this time.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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