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Police seized an estimated $50,000 worth of stolen items and cracked the case of stolen saddles from a stable in Harrodsburg when they executed a search warrant Monday afternoon on Wildcat Road.
The items were seized at 1044 Wildcat Road at a residence owned by John Crutcher.
Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Crutcher was already in the Carroll County Jail on burglary and other charges stemming from his arrest in Trimble County, and that no charges based on what was discovered Monday are pending further investigation.
“This is one of the biggest cases we’ve worked this year in terms of the property recovered and the monetary amount,” Taylor said Tuesday afternoon, adding that he’s pleased that most of what was stolen will be returned to the rightful owners.
“Usually, burglars don’t hang on to stuff very long,” he said.
Police received a search warrant for Crutcher’s residence after Deputy Patrick Beasley received a Crime Stoppers tip about stolen property at that location.
When they executed the warrant, Taylor said they found a pickup truck in Crutcher’s garage that was reported stolen from a construction company in Harrodsburg, along with host of other stolen items including horse tack and saddles.
Taylor said he called the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office after seeing the stolen horse tack.
“On Nov. 29, $24,000 worth of saddles were stolen from a stable on Warwick Road in Harrodsburg, along with horse tack supplies, generators and tools,” Taylor said, adding that the stables were also broken into Nov. 14.
That case made headlines regionally.
“That got a lot of media attention,” he said, “and there was a substantial reward offered. They were very expensive saddles.”
Taylor said the stolen pickup truck was valued at around $11,000, and included about $10,000 worth of tools. He said Crutcher’s garage was apparently being used a chop shop because parts from the stolen pickup were being removed and used on a similar pickup owned by Crutcher that was parked outside the garage, which was also seized.
Taylor said Crutcher’s girlfriend was at the residence and cooperated with police.
Taylor said he and deputies Patrick Beasley and Chad Cox searched the residence along with Trooper Gabe Welch. He said Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kely also joined in the search, which uncovered what Taylor said was a significant amount of marijuana and prescription narcotics.