Police bust chop shop in Letcher County

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Three people are arrested in Letcher County in connection with a chop shop.

The Letcher County Sheriff's Office got a report from a Tennessee company a few days ago that the GPS system in a stolen truck was tracking to Letcher County, but that was only the start of the investigation.

It started as one stolen truck, but quickly turned into a whole auto theft operation.

"When we went to the scene we observed a large amount of equipment, over $1 million," said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb.

Police arrested Henry Hall and Goldie Pierce in connection with the chop shop.

At another location in Deane, they recovered more than $300,000 worth of stolen vehicles where they arrested a third suspect Roger Tolliver.

Sheriff Webb says this is all about making money. He says the suspects took parts from both stolen and salvaged vehicles to make usable cars.

"They can take the stolen vehicle and take the parts that don't have any numbers on it and take it to the salvaged yard and resale it as a usable vehicle. And there is a lot of money in that," said Sheriff Webb.

The chop shop was located just outside of Neon.

Police did confirm that everything at the chop shop was stolen including the camper where Hall and Pierce were living.

"We are working with all the police departments at this time about what they have stolen and what we've got here that we recovered," said Sheriff Webb.

But it did not stop with cars, police have recovered trailers, campers, ATVs and excavators which makes this investigation one that will not be over quickly.

Police say more arrest could be made.

The Kentucky State Police Auto Theft Task Force is helping with the investigation.

Brian Damron with the Letcher County Sheriff's Office is over the case. Trooper Donnie White with Kentucky State Police and Mike Dingus with the Jenkins Police Department are also assisting.

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