The owner of a stolen van used real-time GPS tracking to help Carroll County authorities apprehend the men who allegedly stole two vans from a Louisville business.
Carroll County Central Dispatch received a call at 8:14 a.m. on April 2, 2013 from the owner of Valley Medical Transportation. The business is located in Louisville. The owner was tracking a van through a GPS system. She gave real-time locations of the van to the dispatch center as the Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the location of the van.
The van was stopped in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in Carrollton. CPD Assistant Chief Steve Abbott, Chief Michael Willhoite and CCSO Deputy Clay Cable were on scene.
John W. Payton, 30, was identified as the operator of the van while Kevin Murphy, 26, was the passenger. Both men were from Louisville. Both were charged with Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more.
“Upon arresting the men and doing a search incident to arrest, we recovered approximately $35,000 in stolen property from the rear of the van. The property included motor vehicle tools, electronics, gaming systems, and games,” said Chief Willhoite.
A majority of the stolen items belonged to Valley Medical Transportation. The owner or owners of the remaining items have not been identified.
Two vans were actually stolen from Valley Medical Transportation, according to Chief Willhoite. An employee noticed a lot of damage to the automotive repair part of the business and two vehicles were stolen when he arrived at work. They contacted Louisville Metro Police, which was doing a burglary investigation at the time the van and the two men were apprehended. The second van was recovered by Kentucky State Police in Pendleton.