Police Say Man Has Stolen 14 Cars In Just A Few Months

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Police say he stole 14 vehicles in a matter of months.

It happened in Clay County and now Manchester Police say the man they arrested is a fugitive from another Kentucky county as well.

“I was just working Friday night, then after I went outside to take all the garbage out like I always do about 3 a.m. and I looked over and my car was gone and I was freaked out and didn't know what to do,” John R Naugle said.

John Naugle says he contacted police immediately only to find out his car wasn't the only one stolen in Clay County.

“Since mid March this department, along with the sheriff's department and KSP have investigated 14 auto thefts throughout the county and the city,” Assistant Chief Jeff Culver said.

Police say 29 year old Welzie Wagers would take the stolen vehicles to salvage yards and sell each vehicle for a couple hundred dollarsm but they say Wagers targeted certain types of cars made in the eighties and nineties.

“That he has the knowledge of breaking into them very easily,” Naugle said.

Naugle was one of a lucky few, Manchester Police called him Tuesday afternoon to say they found his vehicle before it was crushed at a salvage yard.

“We got 2 kids and I'm married and that was the only car we had,” Naugle said.

Police say Wagers began his car theft spree in Clay County after he fled Lexington.

Manchester Police say wagers will face his charges in Fayette County as well.

They say they it would have been harder to catch him if they didn't have the help they received from the public.


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  • by Harold Location: London, Ky on Aug 23, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    the junk yards should be held lieable for the cars and trucks and so forth. they just take anything that is bought to them THANK YOU
  • by Kay Location: London, Ky on Aug 23, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    I feel like Carty from Hyden Ky I think that I know her but anyway the tags and insurance makes good point, but that's beside the point they are stealing cars ETC. And the other person has to pay the price. but those ones that caught inJAIL!!!!!!!!!
  • by jennifer roberts Location: clay county on Apr 25, 2007 at 06:31 PM
    the junk yards should be held accountable for recieving stolen car mine was one of the car stolen and the junk yard knew to watch for it but they still damaged my car beyond repair.
  • by Steve Location: Manchester on Apr 25, 2007 at 06:08 PM
    14 car thefts since March? Isn’t the definition of Possession of Stolen Goods "the crime of possession of goods which one knows or which any reasonable person would realize were stolen?" These cars must have been absolute junk since no one feels a need to charge anyone for buying them. Logic would suggest that if you stop the people buying stolen goods in turn do you not also cutoff the crimes?
  • by JAMES Location: HARLAN on Apr 25, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    MY CAR GOT STOLE FROM WALL-MART AND I WAS GLAD BECAUSE I GOT PAID FROM MY INSURANCE CO.!!!
  • by Patricia Location: Alexandria on Apr 25, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    that is what drugs will do to you .but he had a choice and he choose to mess up again.this time maybe he will look at his life and ask and Trust God for help
  • by JERRI MCQUEEN Location: CLAY CO. on Apr 25, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    MY CAR WAS STOLEN OUT OF SOURCECORP PARKING LOT A FEW WEEK AGO AND WAS FOUND AT JASPERS IRON & METEL TO BE SOLD. IT HAD THE BACK WINDSHIELD BUSTED OUT AND THEY HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS PEOPLE TELL ME THAT MY CAR WAS SEEN ON CURRY BRANCH. I THINK IF I SAW A CAR WITH THE BACK WINDOW GONE, I WOULD THINK SOMETHING. WHY WOULD ANYONE WAIT TILL NOW TO START TALKING. IF PEOPLE WOULD FIND MORE RESPECT IN THEIR FELLOW NEIGHBOR, MAYBE HE WOULDN'T HAVE GOT AS FAR AS HE DID!!!! I APPREATE THE POLICES HELP IN FINDING MY CAR, AND ALL THE HELP LONNIE NAPIER GAVE ME IN THIS WHOLE ORDEAL!!! THANK YOU KSP, AND MANCHESTER CITY HALL!!!
  • by Carty Location: Hyden on Apr 25, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    Why don't they target these people who are buying these auto,s. Most of them are ending up being driven without insurance or tags.
  • by Jeff Location: Manchester on Apr 25, 2007 at 04:26 AM
    The person stealing the cars was captured thats wonderful. Now what about the people who were buying the stolen auto's.

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