Seven people arrested in Graves County in connection to motorcycle thefts

GRAVES COUNTY, KY — Seven people were arrested Wednesday after an investigation began in January on a stolen motorcycle.

The Graves County Sheriff’s Office says in January, 43-year-old Michael Sullivan of Mayfield called and reported that “he stole a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle and hid it at a residence on KY 945 north of Mayfield.”

During the investigation, deputies found that three burglaries in Graves County and one burglary in Carlisle County has been committed by Sullivan and his then girlfriend 39-year-old Tabitha Seay Wilhite of Mayfield.

Five motorcycles were found to be involved in illegal activity with fake/removed/altered VIN numbers and/or engine numbers. Three of the motorcycles were found at a local business on North 8th Street in Mayfield.

During interviews, deputies learned that several motorcycle parts, accessories, and other items taken during the burglaries were moved to different locations throughout the county.

In all, seven people were arrested and charged Wednesday. All seven were taken to the Graves County Jail. They are the following:

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan 43-year-old of Mayfield

  • 3 counts burglary 3rd degree
  • 3 counts obscuring the identity of a machine
  • 1 count trafficking in stolen vehicle or vehicle parts
  • 2 counts tampering with physical evidence
  • Theft by unlawful taking under $10,000
  • Receiving stolen property under $10,000
  • Theft by unlawful taking under $500


Shane Turner

Shane Turner 38-year-old of Mayfield

  • Obscuring the identity of a machine
  • Tampering with physical evidence


Tabitha Seay Wilhite

Tabitha Seay Wilhite 39-year-old of Mayfield

  • Complicity to burglary 3rd
  • Complicity to receiving stolen property under $10,000
  • Tampering with physical evidence


Buddy Sullivan

Buddy Dale Sullivan 54-year-old of Mayfield

  • 2 counts of obscuring identity of machine
  • Trafficking in stolen vehicle or vehicle parts


Herbert Sanderson

Herbert Sanderson JR 60-year-old of Mayfield

  • Receiving stolen property under $500


James Turner

James Robert Turner 39-year-old of Mayfield

  • Tampering with physical evidence


Paul Holder

Paul Holder 53-year-old of Kaler Community

  • Receiving stolen property under $10,000

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