Recovery of a stolen car takes many twists and turns

Recovery of a stolen car takes many twists and turns

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2008 10:58 pm

By JOHN BRANNON Messenger Staff Reporter Cpl. Brent Farmer, a detective with the Mayfield (Ky.) Police Department, said that, much to his surprise, a visit to a Mayfield residence last week turned out to be much more than just a stolen car. Key elements in this story that has an Obion County connection are a bag of marijuana, several pounds of crack cocaine, cash money, three scales and three pistols. Two of the pistols are said to have been taken during a home invasion in Lawrenceburg. “Yeah, I was very surprised. It just kept getting bigger. We’re going to turn it over to the feds (the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency) next week,” Farmer said. Farmer said Demetrius Williams of Mayfield was arrested July 19 in connection with the case. Incarcerated at the Graves County (Ky.) Jail, he faces several charges — trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in Kentucky District Court in Mayfield at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. House visit Farmer said it all began July 19, when the Mayfield Police Department received a report that a 1997 Toyota Corolla was allegedly stolen. Police began a search for the car and spotted it parked in a yard at a Mayfield residence. “We went to the house to investigate,” he said. “When we knocked on the door, we saw a large bag of marijuana sitting on the floor inside the residence. While we were on the porch, one of the people who lived there came up and gave us consent to search. But we got a (formal) search warrant, anyway.” What did they find? “A little over $9,000 worth of crack cocaine, a loaded firearm, $416 in cash and three scales,” Farmer said. The firearm found in the residence is a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, he added. “We impounded the car. There weren’t any charges on it,” he said. Farmer said it all started when a local woman, whom he did not identify, reported that her ex-husband had taken her car. “She reported it stolen. We thought we’d pull up to the house, talk to them, get the woman her car back and be done. It didn’t turn out that way at all,” he said. The local connection Jack Krietman, owner of Highway 22 Auto Sales, located about seven miles south of Union City, said the Toyota had been put up as collateral for a loan at a local, but not identified, title loan company. “We are in the repossession business. We went to Mayfield to repo it,” Krietman said. “It was being held by the Mayfield Police Department. We were suspicious about it from the start. So when we got it down here, we called the Obion County Sheriff’s Department and asked them to take a look at it. Deputy Mike Simmons came out and brought the (drug) dog.” The dog lost no time in letting them know something was amiss. He alerted right away. “We popped the trunk and found a pair of rubber boots. The guns were wrapped in a rag and stuck inside one of the boots,” Krietman said. “I told Deputy Simmons, ‘Run the (serial) numbers, check them out.’ He did and it came back that the pistols had been taken during a home invasion at Lawrenceburg.” Disposition of evidence The pistols were turned over to Farmer Friday morning. He said he would take them and other evidence to the Paducah (Ky.) ATF office. “Mr. Williams is scheduled to appear in state court Wednesday in Mayfield. At that time, the case will be formally turned over to ATF. Williams is going to end up in federal court, and we’re still looking for two other people we’d rather not identify right now.” Expresses thanks Krietman and office manager Matt Beard expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Obion County Sheriff’s Department for a speedy response to their call about the car. “They got here fast and took care of business. We feel good knowing we helped get those guns off the street,” Krietman said. Published in The Messenger 7.28.08

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