Fatal car crash leads authorities to recover stolen jewelry and cash
GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. — A deadly car crash turned out to be the missing puzzle piece authorities need to figure out who's behind a string of burglaries in Carlisle and Graves counties.
Just four days before 34-year-old Jessie Brock drove his car off Kentucky 80 into a pole, the Graves County Sheriff's Department put Kentucky State Police troopers on the look out for a red Ford Mustang with a sunroof. It was a suspect vehicle in a string of burglaries plaguing the area.
Trooper Richard Wright recognized the car at the scene of the accident. After using the jaws of life to remove Brock's body, Wright took a look inside.
"I started finding a lot of loose jewelry all through out the car and we found jewelry on the gentleman who passed away from the fatal car crash," he said.
The scene of the accident was just about four miles from the scene of a burglary that happened the same day. The home owner described the stolen items and they matched the items found in Brock's front pockets.
Wright said he's linked to this burglary and five other burglaries in Graves County.
The sheriff's office in Graves County secured a warrant to search Brock's girlfriend's house where they found more stolen property.
At this point, investigators say they think Brock was working alone. Their main focus now is getting all of the stolen jewelry and cash back to the people it was taken from.
"We'll probably call the victims in and have all the property laid out on a table about like that and we'll have victims go through and positively identify what's theirs," Wright said.
Having serial numbers on hand or old pictures of the jewelry is the best way to reclaim what was stolen.
Graves County Sheriff Dwayne Redmond said they haven't filed any charges against anyone or made any arrests.