Jeffersontown tow truck driver accused of stealing vehicle, forging VIN plates
Police say he towed a wrecked vehicle from the interchange between I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway: but no one ever gave him permission, and the vehicle was never recovered.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersontown tow truck driver has been arrested after police say he stole one vehicle and forged VIN plates for several others.
According to arrest reports, 43-year-old Eddie Childress was driving a tow truck on Feb. 22, when an officer saw him tow a wrecked car near the interchange between I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway.
Police say the owner of the vehicle never gave Childress permission to tow it. That vehicle was never recovered.
Childress allegedly forged several documents in the past in order to gain titles and registrations to vehicles. Police say at one point, he had possession of a stolen 2016 Dodge Charger which had the vehicle identification number (VIN) plate removed and replaced with a forged VIN plate. He traded the Dodge Charger for a 2000 GMC wrecker, according to police.
He also allegedly sold a stolen 1995 Buick for scrap.
Police say he sold two other vehicles -- a Chevrolet Malibu and a Chevrolet Tahoe -- that had fake VIN plates. It's not clear from the report if those vehicles had been reported stolen.
When police searched Childress' home in the 3300 block of Warson Court, just east of the intersection between Galene Drive and Stony Brook Drive, they allegedly found a fake VIN plate, a removed federal safety standards label and a loaded pistol.
Childress was arrested Monday by Jeffersontown Police and charged with theft by unlawful taking (of an automobile), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, two counts of receipt of stolen property, five counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of obscuring the identity of a machine, trafficking in stolen vehicles or stolen vehicle parts and illegal possession of a manufacturer's VIN plate.
He is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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