The TVA Police had detected through their LOJAC receiver, a nearby stolen vehicle in Logan County. The TVA Police located a backhoe stolen from Bowling Green in the Thompson Chapel Road area. After a brief investigation by the sheriff’s department and the TVA Police, it was discovered that two tractors were located on the property as well.
By the end of the day, two more tractors, trailers and several pieces of farm equipment were recovered – some of which were stolen from other states.
The investigation continued for several more days and involved the state and local law enforcement agencies, which tracked down even more stolen equipment in Todd County.
Law enforcement officers recovered several more trailers, tractors and an ATV in Todd County – all of which had been reported stolen.
According to a police report, the total dollar amount of the property recovered in close to $200,000 – the largest recovered stolen property incident this year in Logan County.
Several involved suspects have been identified and the investigation in ongoing. The Logan County cases are being investigated by detective Charles Dauley and Sheriff Wallace Whittaker.
Other law enforcement agencies involved include: The Warren County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations division, the Kentucky State Police and the Dickson County, Tenn. Sheriff’s Department.
On July 13, deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department arrested Van C. Washer, 49, of 875 Richlieu Road, Morgantown.
Washer was wanted by the Kentucky State Police and is also on the Kentucky State Police website under Most Wanted.
An indictment was issued by the Butler County Grand Jury for 14 counts of Receiving Stolen Property Firearms, 14 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and first degree persistent felony offender.
Deputies also charged Washer and his girlfriend, Jessica Phelps, 42, of 195 G. Borders Road, Bowling Green with various drug related charges. Both Washer and Phelps were lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.