By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A stolen 4-wheeler has been returned to its rightful owner, after publication of the vehicle in local media outlets.
According to Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, a picture of a stolen 4-wheeler was published in The Sentinel-Echo’s Monday, April 29 edition.
“The owner noticed it missing and reported it as stolen,” Acciardo said. “It was stolen from Matthew Baker of Waterworks Road.”
The 2006 white Yamaha Raptor 700cc was found after Sheriff’s officials received complaints of a man riding an ATV on other people’s property last Thursday afternoon. They went to an address on Riveria Lane, two miles west of London, off Waterworks Road, where they questioned the man in the residence where the 4-wheeler was located.
Dustin W. Lovett told police he did not know who the ATV belonged to, but that he was just riding it around. Lovett was charged with receiving stolen property and public intoxication of a controlled substance and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.
Acciardo said Baker saw the article in the newspaper and recognized the vehicle as belonging to him. He then contacted the sheriff’s office to lay claim to his property.
“The media is a tremendous help in getting the word out to the public,” Acciardo said. “We continue to ask for the public’s help with providing information about investigations, drug activity and crimes in the county.”