Men accused of stealing tourist group's trailer, chairs

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A trailer with hundreds of plastic chairs on it goes missing from a Southern Kentucky tourist commission. Now police say they've arrested two men for this unusual theft.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office arrested 54-year-old James Hasty and 35-year-old Joshua Sizemore Friday.

Deputies are calling what they did a high-price theft. They say the two men drove away from the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission with more than $4,000 in goods, including the tourist group's trailer.

"They said they just backed up to it and hooked on to it and took off with it is what they finally did tell us," explained Laurel County Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo. Deputy Acciardo said the tourist commission reported the stolen trailer, and the 400 plastic chairs inside of it, to law enforcement early Friday.

"The trailer was stolen overnight and apparently somebody that was associated with the tourist commission was either out running the road or just happened to luck upon it and saw it sitting in the driveway about seven or eight miles north of London."

Deputies say they saw two men in a pickup hauling the trailer down US 25 right after they got the call that someone had spotted the stolen trailer.

"The story from the driver was that he had borrowed the trailer. The story from the passenger was that the driver had borrowed it from his cousin. So neither story was correct."

James Hasty and Joshua Sizemore are in the Laurel County Detention Center, now charged with theft by unlawful taking.

"Those trailers are quite expensive. I think they gave us a conservative estimate at $2,000 and then the chairs, apparently they were gonna do something with the chairs as well," said Deputy Acciardo.

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