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Man, woman accused of running ‘chop shop’ after equipment found

Police have arrested two people in connection with a “chop shop” found operating this week in Jackhorn.

Henry A. Hall, 49, of 38 Smokey Row, Jenkins, and Goldie Sharlene Pierce, 40, of 3838 Highway 317, Neon, were both charged Tuesday afternoon with receiving stolen property valued at more than $500.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron said Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mike Dingus found a stolen Ford F-550 truck with a trailer and Kubota excavator on Tuesday after the equipment had been reported to police as stolen. Damron and Dingus used a tracking system that had been placed on the excavator to locate the equipment.

In addition to the excavator, police found two tractor-trailer truck rigs, a skid-steer loader, a white box trailer containing numerous tools and a generator, a pull along camper and two pickup trucks.

Damron said police spent four hours tracing serial numbers, some of which had been removed from the trucks and equipment. He said that every movable item found at the location, a natural gas well site near Rockhouse Mountain, is stolen and information has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Damron said the stolen property is worth about $1 million.

Hall and Pierce are accused of selling items in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

The sheriff ’s department is working with multiple agencies in several counties. The Kentucky State Police auto theft task force arrived in Jackhorn Tuesday evening to assist with filing what may become federal charges.

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie White and Fleming Neon Police Officer Tim Miller assisted in the case.

Webb said additional charges are pending and more arrests could be made.

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