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Police solve rash of thefts spanning three counties

Four rooms at the Lancaster Police Department are now filled with stolen items. Police there are working with two other counties and Kentucky State Police, trying to find the owners of all of the items.

"Mostly tools. Hand tools, power tools. There's also some computers and apparently they like four wheelers," explains Boyle County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Stratton.

Police in Lancaster say two men, Travis Puckett and Brett Martin, are responsible for stealing anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 in goods. Deputy Chris Stratton helped make the connection between their alleged burglaries in Boyle and Garrard Counties. He says it started when they tried to steal a broken down truck.

"They stole the truck and they probably made it I'm guessing about five miles, and the truck broke down on them and they coasted it off the side of the road so they were trying to pull it out with a tow strap when the Good Samaritan pulled up."

The Good Samaritan tried calling for help, but Deputy Stratton says the guys sped off in a separate vehicle. And another stop just hours later in neighboring Garrard County led to search warrants, and further arrests. Authorities arrested Elizabeth Barnes and Stephanie Baker when police found a methamphetamine lab inside the home all four shared.

Lancaster police here do expect more charges. They believe more people could be involved in the burglaries as well.

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