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Sheriff’s office investigation leads to 9 indictments related to trailer thefts

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Thursday, June 20, 2019 — Nine people have been indicted this month by a Nelson County grand jury for their roles in trailer thefts that have taken place this year in Nelson County.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, William Shelton, 39, of Bardstown, was indicted for his alleged role in three trailer thefts. He was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000; possession controlled substance, first-degree (methamphetamine); and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

His arraignment was set for Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Mitchell Ramsey, 40, of Bardstown, was also indicted on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, for his role in three trailer thefts. He was charged with three counts of allegedly receiving stolen property under $10,000, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Bail was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

His arraignment was set for Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Jacob Scott Hill, 25, Willisburg, was indicted Wednesday, June 5, 2019, for alleged theft of a single trailer. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500 for alleged theft of a horse trailer. Bail was set at $5,000 cash only, plus conditions.

His arraignment was set for Thursday, June 20, 2019.

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, Philip Scott Whitlow, 26, of Bardstown, was indicted on three counts of alleged theft by unlawful taking and complicity to the same.

According to the indictment, on April 14, 2019, Whitlow — acting alone or in concert with Kristopher Chase Fields — took trailers, generators, and a wood chipper belonging to other people without permission. Bail was set at $25,000 cash only, plus conditions.

His arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court is set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

Kristopher Chase Fields, 36, of Bardstown, was charged with five counts of complicity to theft by unlawful taking and one count of persistent felony offender, second-degree.

According to the indictment, on April 14, 2019, Fields — acting alone or in concert with Philip Scott Whitlow — allegedly possessed a wood chipper, trailers and generators belonging to other people without their permission, and one count of being a second-degree persistent felony offender. The indictment cites Fields’ prior felony conviction as basis for the persistent felony offender charge. Bail was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Fields’ arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court was set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

Lechia Lewis, 57, of Bardstown, was indicted on two counts of complicity to receive stolen property under $10,000.

According to the indictment, Lewis — acting alone or in concert with Bruce Lewis — allegedly received a trailer and wood chipper belonging to another person with knowledge it was stolen, both items having a value of more than $500 but less than $10,000. Bail was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions.

Her arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court was set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

Bruce Lewis, 57, of Bardstown, was indicted on two counts of complicity to receiving stolen property under $10,000.

According to the indictment, Lewis — acting alone or in concert with Lechia Lewis — allegedly received a trailer and wood chipper belonging to another person with knowledge it was stolen, both items having a value of more than $500 but less than $10,000. Bail was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions.

Lewis’ arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court was set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

Stavette Hutchins, 48, Bardstown, was indicted two counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000; tampering with physical evidence; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the indictment, on April 14, 2019, Hutchins allegedly hid a stolen generator having a value of more than $500 but less than $10,000. The indictment further alleges Hutchins received two trailers he knew were stolen, and that he was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Hutchins’ arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court was set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

Gregory Scott, 50, of Louisville, was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on one count of receiving stolen property.

According to the indictment, on April 14, 2019, Scott was allegedly found in possession of a stolen trailer with a value of more than $500 but less than $10,000. Bail was set at $5,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Scott’s arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court was set for Thursday, July 5, 2019.

NCSO Detective Brandon Bryan investigated the thefts.

Editor’s Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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