Pictured, from top to bottom, Elam, Watts and Winkle
Pictured, from top to bottom, Elam, Watts and Winkle
Three people were arrested on suspicion of taking farm gates from a Carroll County property Tuesday.

Carroll County Jailer Michael Humphrey was on his way to work when he noticed a trio, identified as Darrin Winkle, Jeffrey N. Elam and Jeneda L. Watts, who were tying farm gates to the top of a car on KY 227, a news release said.

Humphrey followed the vehicle to the 800 block of Hawkins Street. After the report was made, Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman determined the gates belonged to Junior Welch.

The vehicle was stopped in the 800 block of Hawkins Street by Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite and Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott. The three occupants admitted they were going to a local scrap yard to sell the gates, the release said.

The trio was arrested after the traffic stop and lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center. Winkle, 35, of Carrollton, was charged with theft, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating without insurance and failure to wear seat belts.

Elam, 47, and Watts, 33, both of Carrollton, were charged with theft and public intoxication. Elam and Watts were released Nov. 28.