Burglary Solved When Police Read STAR Article
By Bill Hughes
KEVIL, KY - Two men have been arrested after WestKentuckyStar shared a woman's social media search for the people who burglarized her home.
On April 8, someone broke into Tonya Rowland's Kevil home just before 10:00 am, taking all of the electronics inside along with some other items.
During the investigation, Ballard County Sheriff's Department learned that neighbors had a surveillance system, and video showed a red Chevy pickup leaving the home, with a white male behind the wheel. After attempts to locate the truck were unsuccessful, Rowland was given permission to share a photo of the truck on Facebook.
A Paducah Police Officer saw an article on WestKentuckyStar about Rowland's attempt to identify the thief, and recognized the truck as one he had towed following a hit-and-run accident on April 10. The officer remembered several items in the truck that were mentioned in the article as stolen, and contacted the Ballard County Sheriff's Department.
The owner of the truck, 19-year-old Josh Moseley of Paducah had been arrested for leaving the scene of the accident, but had been released and re-claimed his truck. Paducah Police and Ballard County Deputies came to his home on South 5th Street on Friday night, and were given permission to search the truck. Several items from the burglary were still in the truck, and Moseley was arrested for burglary and theft.
Further investigation led to the arrest of 19-year-old Brendon Gardner of Paducah on burglary and theft charges.
Ballard County Sheriff Todd Cooper said a third warrant has been issued as a result of the investigation. He thanked multiple law enforcement agencies, Facebook friends, and WestKentuckyStar for helping solve the case, and recommended video surveillance for added residential security.
On the Net: Related Story from April 12