November 12, 2013

Thieves swipe scrap metal from salvage yard

Staff Writer


A trio of thieves were arrested Tuesday, Nov. 6 after local law enforcement caught them in the act of stealing scrap metal from Pig Brown’s Salvage Yard on McWhorter Road, three miles east of London.

When Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputies Larry Parrott and Robbie Grimes, assisted by Constable Eldon Brown and the London Police Department, pulled up to the salvage yard at 9:30 p.m., they found Victoria E. Farris, 19, of London waiting in a getaway car as two men attempted to steal scrap metal.

Farris had allegedly picked up the two men in a 2002 Hyundia Elantra, and drove them to the salvage yard. She then waited as they entered the fenced-in lot to steal metal. When officers pulled up to the salvage yard, the two men fled the scene on foot and were not found. A pile of aluminum and metal was found stacked up close to the vehicle, apparently ready to be loaded into the car.

Following an investigation, the two male suspects were identified and warrants were issued for their arrests.

Prentice Buckles, 29, Old Crab Orchard Road, East Bernstadt, and Shane Wombles, 23, of Water Works Road, London were both arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, and theft by unlawful taking over $500.

Farris was also arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, and theft by unlawful taking over $500.

They were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.