Stolen Hummer recovered in Laurel County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An Army reservist and his wife are asking for your help, finding the people who stole his vehicle and destroyed it. We first told you about the theft at the couple's Laurel County home last week.

The reservist says he walked in on strangers inside his home, and then they drove off in his Hummer. Investigators say hunters found the Hummer abandoned in a Laurel County creek.

"Who steals a bright yellow Hummer?" said Linda Tuttle, the Hummer owner's wife.

You can spot one from a mile away, but it's a little more difficult when it's nose deep in a creek.

"They might as well have stolen a school bus and had been driving it around town," said Tuttle.

Believe it or not, the vehicle was missing for four days. All along it was off Vaughn Ridge Road, only a few miles from the owner's home. It was found Monday afternoon sticking out like a sore thumb in a familiar spot.

"We actually have our initials carved on a tree in this very spot where the Hummer was found," said Tuttle. "It's kind of like a camping area."

So how'd it end up in a creek? It all started in a spooky way on Halloween when William Tuttle came home only to find two people wearing hoodies inside. The Army reservist fired three shots as the two suspects got away in his yellow Hummer.

"All three shots did hit the car, so I was pretty proud of him," said Tuttle.

For now, they don't know if the suspects dumped the vehicle as an attempt to get away or if they just misjudged the depth of the creek. Either way it's totalled.

"I was devastated because I saw that it was in water, so I knew it was gone," said Tuttle.

But they're still relieved, thinking they'd never see their SUV again, and if they did, it would no longer be yellow, rather black and burned.

"They were dumb enough to do it once. Hopefully, they've learned their lesson. Who knows!" said Tuttle.

Officials with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office say they have no leads or suspects in this case and are still asking for the public's help.

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