Macon County Chronicle

$50,000 in Stolen Items Recovered

Macon County Sheriffs Department Detective Jeff Brewer, along with the Kentucky State Police, was successful in recovering an estimated $50,000 of stolen merchandise last Friday in Monroe County, Kentucky, and arresting suspect Joseph Crowe in connection to the robberies.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, a majority of the stolen goods were connected to a rash of break-ins that began in November of 2009, affecting several local businesses including Red Stag Construction, Cowan & Sons Custom Cabinetry, Nestle Waters and chicken house locations in Clay County.

Detective Brewer and other officers involved in the seizure worked undercover for several weeks during their investigation and received numerous tips from local citizens, leading authorities to a barn located on Crowe’s family’s farm.

Crowe was arrested and placed in Monroe County Jail to answer to charges in Kentucky. The Macon County Sheriffs Department will also be charging Crowe.

Items seized in the recovery included four-wheelers stolen out of Kentucky, Corvette fenders, tires, cams & transmissions, various tools, computer equipment, radios and scanners and a generator.

“This doesn’t solve, or put an end to, all of the recent break-ins here in Macon County,” said Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, “but it does provide the answers to a bulk of robberies that have been suffered by many local businesses and individuals. It provides a great sense of accomplishment to this department and the victims of these types of crimes when stolen goods are recovered and the perpetrator is detained.”