BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF
MICHAEL A. HELMIG
P.O. BOX 198
BURLINGTON, KY. 41005-0198
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Scheben, Spokesman
Public Information Services
January 5, 2012
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office has recently created a task force to investigate the inordinate amount of metal thefts we are experiencing throughout Boone County. In their first week the team has gathered intelligence to identify the thieves and to work with the scrap buyers to do their parts to help us curb this rash.
The four man squad has identified over 130 instances in the last six months of metal thefts (mainly copper) from churches, businesses, colleges, homes under construction, barns, cellular phone towers, and catalytic converters from vehicles. We’ve learned, from the ones we’ve arrested, the thefts are mainly committed to feed heroin addictions. Thieves are completely destroying, for instance, a $10,000 air conditioner at a church for $50 to $100 they’ll receive at the scrap yard. They’re entering barns to steal extension cords and welding leads. They break into homes and steal the copper pipes out of the walls.
Sheriff Michael A. Helmig is asking for anyone with information as to the identities of these thieves or any information concerning the thefts to please call our tip line at (859) 334–3500 or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352–3040. Email tips can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated information on 12/12/2011 – Deputies assigned to the scrap unit arrested two Bromley, Kentucky men last night (12/12/11), charging them with Criminal Mischief 1st degree and Theft by unlawful taking (in excess of $10,000) after they were caught taking air conditioners from Spartan Construction located at 1619 Distribution Drive in Burlington, Kentucky at approximately 2:15 a.m. The two, Russell Padgett, 47 and Matthew Hibbard, 19 both of Bromley were stopped and subsequently arrested as they were leaving the area with two air conditioners. With information gleaned from this incident, deputies cleared another theft a week ago of an air conditioner from this same area.
Updated information on 12/21/2011 – Scrap unit deputies arrested three people for stealing scrap from ZF Steering Systems located at 7649 Turfway Road in Florence, Kentucky. An employee witnessed the theft at approximately 9:20 p.m. and provided the description of the vehicle to dispatch. Deputies found the vehicle and approximately 500 pounds of the stolen scrap in the 2800 block of Madison Avenue in Covington, Kentucky. Arrested for Theft by unlawful taking and Criminal Trespass 2nd degree are: Ira Boles Jr., 33, Tammy Boles (wife), 34, and Jessica Boles (cousin) 28. All three are from the Madison Avenue address.
Updated information on 1/5/2012 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested four (4) men for their involvement in separate thefts of metal from Gateway Community & Technical College’s Boone Campus located at 500 Technology Way near Florence, Kentucky. The value of metal taken totaled approximately $15,000.
The thefts occurred over a period of nearly a month beginning in November of 2011. Deputies assigned to the unit scoured the Northern Kentucky area looking for a pickup truck matching the image of one caught on a surveillance camera from the college. They located an identical one and pieced their case together.
On Friday, December 30, 2011 they obtained a warrant for Theft by unlawful taking (felony) and arrested Michael Parson, 23 of Covington, Kentucky. Continuing with the investigation they obtained additional felony theft warrants for Joshua Stephenson, 20 and Jimmy Parson, 30 both of Covington, Kentucky and Mitchell Dean, 24 of Norwood, Ohio. They were served today.
Stephenson was served at the Kenton County Jail where he is held in lieu of unrelated charges. Norwood, Ohio Police arrested Dean and he is currently being held in the Hamilton County, Ohio Jail. With the assistance of the Covington, Kentucky Police, we arrested Jimmy Parson. He is being transported to the Boone County Jail.
Investigators anticipate additional charges against the four.
"Updated information on 1/20/12 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested two (2) men for the theft of scrap metal from Kentucky Rebuild Corporation (KRC) located at 10065 Toebben Drive in unincorporated Boone County (with an Independence, KY mailing address).
On Thursday, January 19, 2012 at approximately 8:30 a.m. personnel from KRC reported approximately $1,000 worth of scrap metal had been stolen during the overnight hours. The Scrap Unit quickly developed leads and located the property at River Metals in Newport, Kentucky. They then laid in wait until the suspects in their pickup truck passed them with another load of scrap. The deputies stopped the truck in Newport at 4:30 p.m. and arrested Timothy McCullough, 23 of Marble Cliff Drive in Lakeside Park, Kentucky and Steven Moore, 35 of Edwards Avenue in Walton, Kentucky for Theft by unlawful taking, a Class D felony. Both are lodged in the Boone County Detention Center.
Updated information on 1/30/2012 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested two men and one woman for the theft of scrap metal from Augar Metals located at 10208 Toebben Drive in unincorporated Boone County (with an Independence, KY mailing address).
On Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. deputies arrested William Cain, 37 of Elsmere, Kentucky and Ira Boles, 34 of Covington, Kentucky for Criminal Trespass 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass 3rd degree, and Theft by unlawful taking after they broke into a fenced in area at Augar Metals and removed scrap metal. Jessica Boles, 28 of Ludlow, Kentucky was charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd degree and Receiving stolen property.
Ira & Jessica Boles were both arrested recently for stealing scrap from ZF Steering (see Updated information on 12/21/2011). Both were out on bond awaiting preliminary hearings on those charges.
Additionally, Jessica & Ira were both cited last night for Theft by unlawful taking for taking scrap metal from Kentucky Rebuild Corporation (KRC) that occurred on January 1, 2012. Deputies reviewing surveillance video from KRC recognized the two and their vehicle as they removed scrap metal.
Updated information on 2/3/2012 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested a Newport, Kentucky man for theft of scrap from Gateway Community & Technical College’s Boone Campus located at 500 Technology Way near Florence, Kentucky. The value of metal taken totaled approximately $15,000 (See Updated information 1/5/2012).
Following up on the case, deputies obtained a warrant for and subsequently arrested Tracy “Brian” Denny II, 23 of Newport, Kentucky on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 2:55 p.m. at his Ann Street home. Denny was lodged in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 cash only bond.
Updated information on 2/17/2012 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested an Erlanger, Kentucky man for the theft of scrap metal from Mubea located at 8212 Dixie Highway in Florence, Kentucky.
Timothy Gilbert Jr., 30 of Erlanger was a temporary worker at Mubea. Gilbert was charged with misdemeanor theft from Mubea on February 12th when he was seen leaving with scrap in his vehicle. After looking into it further, deputies found where Gilbert made nine trips to River Metals in Newport, Kentucky between January 23rd and February 11th where he obtained nearly $800 for scrap metal. Today Gilbert was charged with felony theft and lodged in the Boone County Detention Center. Personnel at River Metals cooperated fully with the investigation.
Updated information on 2/27/2012 – Scrap Unit deputies arrested an Elsmere, Kentucky man on Sunday, 2/26/2012 at approximately 9:45 p.m. for the theft of scrap metal on separate occasions from Mubea located at 8212 Dixie Highway in Florence, Kentucky and Lawrence Construction located at 460 Shoreland Drive in Walton, Kentucky.
John Casey, 41 of Plymouth Lane in Elsmere, Kentucky was served with two felony theft warrants and lodged in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond after deputies determined he was responsible for the aforementioned thefts. The Mubea theft occurred on October 8, 2011 and the Lawrence Construction theft occurred between September 25 and November 13, 2011. Casey sold the scrap to a recycling center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Updated information on 3/2/2012 – A Hebron, Kentucky man was arrested and lodged in the Kenton County Detention Center today at approximately 8:00 a.m. on a warrant obtained by Scrap Unit deputies and served by a Kenton County Sheriff’s deputy.
A warrant for Theft by unlawful taking (felony), Criminal Trespass 2nd degree, and Persistent felony offender 1st degree was obtained for Frenchie McPherson, 46 of Hebron, Kentucky after an investigation revealed he sold 3,447 pounds of scrap taken from ZF Steering located at 7649 Turfway Road in Florence, Kentucky over the course of the last five months.
Updated information on 3/5/2012 – A Burlington, Kentucky man and a Covington, Kentucky man are behind bars today for separate incidents after Scrap Unit deputies investigated their recent activities.
On Friday, March 2, 2012 Covington, Kentucky police arrested David Hutson, 43 of East 33rd Street in Covington, Kentucky for Criminal Mischief 1st degree (Class D felony) at the Can Dew recycling center located at the 1,500 block of Russell Street in Covington. Hutson was in possession of a Cincinnati Bell junction box he had stolen earlier from the area of 7,300 block of Industrial Road in Florence, Kentucky. That theft caused disruption of service to the area for approximately 3 hours. Theft charges are forthcoming.
On Sunday, March 4, 2012 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Mickle Buckler, 45 of Peoples Lane in Burlington, Kentucky was charged with Theft by unlawful taking and Criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree as a result of a warrant filed by Scrap Unit deputies on March 2nd.
Investigators determined Buckler unlawfully took his cousin’s car and scrapped it on February 22, 2012. Additionally, he signed an affidavit at Hickman Recycling attesting to being the owner of the car. From the interview subsequent to his arrest deputies were able to clear five (5) additional theft cases. Charges on those cases are forthcoming.
Updated information on 3/12/2012 – A Florence, Kentucky man was arrested early this morning (12:01 a.m.) after Scrap Unit deputies watched him remove scrap metal from a fenced in area at Augur Metals located at 10208 Toebben Drive in unincorporated Boone County (with an Independence, KY mailing address).
Joseph Adams, 25 of Florence, Kentucky was charged with Theft by unlawful taking, Criminal Trespass 2nd degree, and Criminal Trespass 3rd degree after deputies observed him for nearly three hours remove scrap from the container and throw it over the fence. He was arrested when he got his car to load it up.
Adams plead guilty this morning at his arraignment and received 30 days to serve.