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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