By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Thieves who stole a weed eater and leaf blower, then went back to do work for the rightful owner, were busted when the owner spotted the items in the truck of two workers.
According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Dustin J. Bewley and 19-year-old Michael Tkachik were at a Laurel residence where they had been hired to seal a driveway. But when the homeowner walked past the teens’ truck, he spotted a leaf blower and a weed eater that had been stolen from him a few days earlier.
The homeowner immediately contacted police, and Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter arrived at the scene, five miles west of London, on West Laurel Road at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday. Poynter conducted an investigation in which the homeowner positively identified the two items as belonging to him. Both men were arrested on charges of receiving stolen property.
Bewley, of Watkins Street in London, was released on Thursday afternoon on a $2,500 surety bond and scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Friday. Tkachik, of Cheek Turner Road in London, was released late Friday afternoon after posting a $2,500 surety bond. He is scheduled for a July 2 hearing in Laurel District Court. Jail records indicate Tkachik has a fine of $839 for a bench warrant that was also served at the time of the arrest for receiving stolen property.