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Man arrested for string of carjackings

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Lexington Police have arrested Wesley Rutherford, the suspect believed to be connected to at least seven automobile thefts during the last week.

Police say a call came in Thursday, around 11:45 am, that Rutherford had been spotted in the West Second Street area. Upon arrival officers say they made contact with Rutherford, who was arrested without incident.

Lexington Police named Rutherford a suspect in a string of carjackings on Wednesday night. Seven car thefts have been reported in the city, two of them with force.

Police say Rutherford approached a woman on North Limestone and took her car late last week. Investigators found the stolen car shortly after the incident.

He was also wanted for stealing a woman's car outside Home Goods in the Woodhill Shopping Center on Tuesday. Police say Rutherford went to a nearby bank after the theft and tried to cash one of the victim's checks.

"I mean I was glad that I could pick pick him out of the pictures and I will testify," said Cynthia Smith.

Smith was the victim in the carjacking at Home Goods. "I'm just glad that he's off the streets and he won't be doing this to anyone else."

Police stopped one of the stolen cars on Douglas Avenue Wednesday morning. They tell us the two men inside, Jermaine Smith and Brandon Ridley, had nothing to do with the carjacking. They have been charged with receiving stolen property.

Rutherford is charged with two counts of first-degree Robbery, possession of a forged instrument, wanton endangerment, two counts of fleeing and evading, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

Lexington Police Spokesperson Sherelle Roberts says while they believe Rutherford is the main player in this recent string of car thefts/jackings she says they're not excluding the possibility others may have played a part.

"This seems to be the tip of the iceberg, there could be a lot involved with this case," said Roberts. "So, this first arrest is a good first step in figuring this entire situation out."

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