Stolen Coal Truck Is Found In Pieces

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

An eastern Kentucky man finds his missing coal truck, but it's not the outcome he wanted.

Police found parts of his truck and an alleged chop shop operation in the Kona community of Letcher County.

The Kentucky State Police vehicle investigations unit is trying to find out how Ronnie Long's coal truck ended up in pieces on a Letcher County mountain top.

Long first discovered the truck missing more than a week ago.

His friends say there's been a lot of sleepless nights since the truck first went missing...

Ronnie Long has been passing out flyers since his coal truck was stolen. He woke up one morning to find his truck replaced with another stolen truck.

“Four o'clock in the morning I went out in the and no truck. Gone. And I've basically been on a truck hunt every since,” Ronnie Long said.

The hunt ended in Letcher County where Long says luck led him to the missing truck.

“He has located his truck which was cut up on the mountain side in a rural section of Letcher County outside of Whitesburg,” Sergeant Bobby Motley said.

Pieces of Long's truck were scattered across the mountain, some cut or broken.

Much of the vehicle was found, though the cab is still missing. Police say there are parts to at least two other stolen vehicles on this hillside.

Police say it looks like a makeshift "chop-shop".. and say this has been a problem area in the past.

There have been previous reports of stolen vehicles and vehicle parts in the same area.

Police say they are following some leads, but no arrests have been made.

Long says he hopes he can put his truck back together.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2008 at 11:01 PM
    Hey Dave you can't even spell hillbilly right.. lol.. like knott co. is any better lol.. its hard when you only have 2 officers working on a shift.
  • by D.R. Location: Letcher County on Oct 18, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    Hell Dave, what with how you all can't even keep politicians over there in Knott county out of jail, I'd think you'd be the last person saying that the government is who we need to turn to.
  • by Dave Location: Hindman on Oct 18, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    Letcher Co., Leslie Co., Letcher, Co. every day I listen or read the news and there's always Letcher and Leslie County in it one way or another. Be it drugs, murder, rape, theft, arson, incest, crooked officials, kidnapping, or thing's that defy nature itself. Where is the thin gray line, where is the sheriff's departments, where are all the other law enforcement organizations. NOWHERE!. We have no law enforcement in eastern Kentucky. When was the last time you called 911 and the police didn't show up for two hours or not at all. Write the governors office, make complaints. Especially if you live in these two backward hillbillie counties. If uncle mommie and aunt daddy won't make any complaints, do it yourself. Get a life.
  • by Bill Location: Southeast Ky on Oct 17, 2007 at 07:10 PM
    The same rogues who done this probably complain about the cost of insurance. I hope Mr.Long had full coverage but probably due to idiots like these he probably couldn't afford it. To still a persons means of feeding his family is about as low as a theif can get.
  • by Dave Location: Hindman on Oct 17, 2007 at 12:09 PM
    The Internal Revenue Service works in mysterious ways!
  • by CONCERNED Location: LETCHER CO on Oct 17, 2007 at 07:30 AM
    I hope that justice comes to the person/s behind this. We have such a bad theiving problem here in Letcher county, and Im sure no county around is any different. We have decent law enforcement with absolutely ZERO court accountability. As it stands now the rogues have a more lucrative buisness than a working person, with no worries about punishment. For the little punishment stealing brings,it brings an even greater profit to the theif. With corruption in Letcher CO. running rampant nothing surprises me anymore, some serious investigating needs to be done.
  • by Chris Location: Fl on Oct 17, 2007 at 05:13 AM
    That sux, sounds like an episode they need to write in for CMT's "Trick my truck"

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