April 16, 2013

Thieves steal Chicken Festival equipment

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A large, red trailer and more than 400 plastic chairs used at events such as the World Chicken Festival were stolen late Thursday evening from the London-Laurel County Tourism Commission.

James Hasty, 54, of Reams Road in London and 35-year-old Joshua Sizemore of Keavy Road were arrested after Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a dark colored Dodge pickup on U.S. 25, four miles north of London, that was hauling the stolen trailer.  When questioned, the men said the trailer was borrowed from one of their relatives.

Both were charged with theft by unlawful taking and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

The incident began when the sheriff’s office received a call about a trailer on Helton Road, off Hare Road, six miles north of London, around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The same caller told police the trailer was taken from Tourist Commission property overnight.

While en route, Deputies Josh Gaylor and Greg Turner passed a Dodge pickup with the stolen trailer on U.S. 25. When deputies stopped the vehicle, both Hasty and Sizemore said they had borrowed the trailer. The passenger stated the trailer was borrowed from the driver’s cousin.

However, Turner and Gaylor suspected the two were lying.

Besides the trailer, more than 400 plastic chairs used at the Stage of Stars during the World Chicken Festival were recovered. Some of the chairs were still aboard the trailer, while others had been left on East Branch Road, one mile north of Hare Road.

The value of the trailer and chairs is estimated at $4,000. All recovered property was returned to the Tourism Commission.