GPS leads police to stolen vehicle
Thursday, April 04, 2013 11:00 AM
Carroll County authorities used the help of real-time GPS tracking to apprehend men who allegedly stole vans from a Louisville business.
The Carroll County Central Dispatch received a call at 8:14 a.m. Tuesday from the owner of Valley Medical Transportation of Louisville. The owner had tracked the van to the area through the vehicle's GPS system and was able to give the van's location to the dispatch center, a Carrollton Police Department release said.
Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Office officers responded to the location of the van, which had stopped in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in Carrollton, the release said. Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite, Carrollton Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott and Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Clay Cable responded to the scene.
John W. Payton, 30, of Louisville, was identified as the driver of the van while Kevin Murphy, 26, of Louisville, was identified as a passenger in the vehicle.
"Upon arresting the men and doing a search ... we recovered approximately $35,000 in stolen property from the rear of the van," Willhoite said. "The property included motor vehicle tools, electronics, gaming systems and games."
A majority of the stolen items belonged to Valley Medical Transportation. The owner or owners of the remaining items have not been identified.
Employees reported to Louisville Metro Police that two vans from Valley Medical Transportation had been stolen after an employee noticed a lot of damage to the automotive repair part of the business, Willhoite said. The second van was recovered by Kentucky State Police in Pendleton.
Payton was arrested on preliminary charges of receiving stolen property and driving while license suspended. Murphy was arrested on preliminary charges of receiving stolen property, failure to appear and a probation violation. Both remain lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center.