Whitesburg KY

Man saved after theft gone wrong in trouble again



A Thornton man who was pinned under a car while trying to steal its catalytic converter last November is back in trouble again — for allegedly stealing more car parts.

Police say Paul Hall has admitted to stealing four tires and rims from a Ford Mustang in the Cram Creek community of Mayking earlier this month.

“This trooper was dispatched to 206 Great Oak Drive in reference to parts stolen from a vehicle,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Samuel Pease writes in a an arrest citation filed in the case. “I arrived on scene at approximately (4:59 p.m.) and spoke with victim Michael Baker, who stated between the hours of 10 p.m. on July 9 and (1 a.m.) on July 10 someone had stolen all four wheels and tires of his vehicle. I then took pictures of Baker’s vehicle and got a description of the stolen property.”

Continues Trooper Pease, “Through further investigation I received information that Paul Hall who resides in Thornton may have the stolen property. I then went to 1679 Thornton Road and spoke to Paul (Hall) who stated that he had stolen the wheels and had them hidden at Circle Drive in Whitesburg. I then transported Hall to Circle Drive and recovered the stolen property. I then made contact with Baker, who met me at Mayking Fire Department and recovered his stolen property. Stolen property had a estimated value of $1,200.”

Hall is being held in the Letcher County Jail on charges of theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more), third-degree criminal trespassing, and third-degree criminal mischief.

On the morning of last November 27, employees arrived at work at Edge of Town Motors in Neon to find Hall pinned under a car that apparently fell on him the night before, which was Thanksgiving evening. He was arrested on theft charges in connection with that case after being released from Pikeville Medical Center.

Hall told police at the time that he had recently lost his job and needed money, according to Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens said.

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