Man charged with stealing truck, trailer and farm equipment worth thousands

Joshua Hauger

PADUCAH, KY — An Arlington, Kentucky, man accused of stealing a pickup truck, the trailer it was pulling and a stump grinder it was carrying was arrested Tuesday in Paducah, police say.

Police say 35-year-old Joshua Hauger is accused of stealing a 2013 Chevrolet dually truck from the parking lot of the Minit Mart on Cairo Road in Paducah around 10 a.m. Tuesday. The truck was attached to a trailer, which was carrying a stump grinder.

The owner told police the truck is valued at $35,000, the trailer and stump grinder are valued at $45,000, and other tools and equipment in the trailer is valued at $10,000.

Officers say the owner left the truck running in the parking lot while he went into the store. That’s when Hauger is accused of getting in the truck and driving away.

As the owner was speaking with an officer, he got a call from co-workers who told him they saw the truck on Ogden Landing Drive, and the thief was running from the vehicle. The officer found the truck abandoned in Palestine Cemetery.

While officers were searching a nearby field for the thief, dispatchers got a report that a man knocked on the door of a home on Woodville Road, asking the woman who lives there for water. The Paducah Police Department says the woman’s description of the man on her porch matched the description of the thief. Police identified the man as Hauger.

Hauger was arrested on charges of theft by unlawful taking of farm equipment valued at $10,000 or more and and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile valued at $10,000 or more. He was jailed in the McCracken County Jail, and bond was set at $10,000 cash.

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