BREAKING NEWS: Chief Tye recovers stolen truck (updated)


On August 7, 2017, Officer Adam Townsley of the Barbourville Police Department received a call of a stolen 1972 Chevrolet C-10 truck within city limits.  Officer Townsley took the initial report and an investigation immediately began.

Through the investigation, which led officers to Tennessee on Thursday, August 10, Chief Winston Tye of the Barbourville Police Department and Nick Metcalf of the Kentucky State Police Vehicle Investigations Unit, spent two days working to recover the stolen vehicle. By Friday morning, officers met with Sgt. Bobby Smith and Sgt. Joe Walker of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations Unit and began tracking down the suspects.

In the evening on Friday, August 11, officers found one of the suspects who was identified through video. This led to his arrest and the recovery of the stolen truck worth around $22,000 from a storage building in Speedwell, TN.

Officers arrested Toby Turner age 36 of Harrogate, TN and Bobby Powell age 39 of New Tazewell, TN and charged both with Theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.  Both suspects were lodged in the Claiborne Co. Detention center by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The investigation is still ongoing.

BREAKING NEWS: We have just been informed by Barbourville Police Department Chief Winston Tye that the 1972 Chevrolet C10 that was stolen in Barbourville has been recovered. Chief Tye reports he found the truck in Tennessee.

We will have more information on this story soon.