Belcher indicted for theft

Published 10:40 am Monday, November 6, 2017

A Bledsoe man is facing indictment after allegedly taking an ATV which did not belong to him.

Casey Belcher, 20, was arrested on an indictment warrant by Harlan County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Cope on Thursday.

According to the two-count indictment handed down by the grand jury on Oct. 18, Belcher took an ATV valued at over $500 on Feb. 23, 2016. The indictment also states Belcher tampered with physical evidence.

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The indictment stems from Belcher’s arrest on Feb. 23, 2016, by Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley.

According to the citation issued at the time of his arrest, Belcher met with Jeffery Shackleford to purchase an ATV from him. Belcher asked to take the vehicle for a test drive, then took off on it. Belcher was identified by Shackleford and his uncle, John Shackleford. Belcher was identified driving the stolen ATV in Evarts by a police officer. Belcher admitted to police he had stolen the ATV.

Hensley presented evidence to the grand jury resulting in the indictment.

Belcher was indicted for theft by unlawful taking under $10,000 and tampering with physical evidence. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 full cash bond.

In other police activity, Dillon Maxwell Lynch, 23, was arrested on Saturday by Evarts City Police Officer Joseph Jones.

According to the citation, Lynch was observed crossing the yellow line in a green 1993 Honda Civic on KY 38 near Coxton. Jones stopped the vehicle, and when he looked inside he observed a Glock 10 mm handgun in the passenger seat. Lynch failed to pass a sobriety test and was placed into custody. A background check revealed Lynch was a convicted felon.

Lynch was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating vehicle with expired operator’s license, no registration plate and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond.