3 men indicted for stealing guns and ammo from Kentucky State Police
The elaborate scheme involved a Kentucky State Police trooper, a retired KSP lieutenant colonel and the Scott County coroner.
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky State Police trooper, a retired KSP lieutenant colonel and the Scott County coroner are accused in elaborate scheme of stealing guns and ammunition and covering it up.
A grand jury in Scott County indicted the three men Thursday.
An internal investigation by KSP officials discovered that Master Trooper Mitch Harris stole 200 cases of ammunition, worth more than $40,000, rifles and shotguns from the KSP supply branch in Frankfort from 2013 to 2017, court documents said. Harris was put on unpaid administrative leave when the investigation began.
According to KSP, Harris sold ammunition along with five Remington 870 shotguns to retired state police Lt. Col. Mike Crawford. An indictment said Crawford likely knew the guns were stolen and that Crawford was still a state trooper at the time.
Guns and ammo were also sold by Harris to Scott County coroner John Goble, including three M1A rifles and 10 Remington 870 shotguns, court records said.
Harris also allegedly forged the names of two different troopers on paperwork to transfer the weapons to both Crawford and Goble, court records said.
The indictment of Goble lists several additional crimes, including authorizing monthly $500 payments from 2016 to 2018 to Nathan Morris for work as a deputy coroner, but Morris didn't perform that job.
The indictment states that Goble was also caught with 90 illegal oxycodone tablets.
Goble was also indicted for two counts of official misconduct. The first accuses him transporting moonshine in a county vehicle in 2017. The other count is for allegedly transporting “donor eyes” from the Kentucky Eye Bank to West Virginia for personal profit.
Sgt. Josh Lawson, a spokesperson for KSP, said the amount of ammunition taken was equivalent to about two pickup trucks full.
"We hope that the agency is not judged on the actions of a few and that the public can recognize that we will pursue our investigation regardless of who those individuals are," Lawson said.
Crawford was indicted for receiving stolen property over $10,000 and receiving a stolen firearm. Harris was indicted on two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. Goble was indicted on one count of receiving stolen property over $10,000, receiving stolen property, abuse of public trust less than $10,000, trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of official misconduct first degree.
Each man is scheduled for arraignment July 2 in Scott Circuit Court at Georgetown.
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