Bardstown man arrested for stealing machinery

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By Staff

A Bardstown man was arrested recently and charged with stealing antique machinery.

Jonah D. Duke, 109 Stumphs Court, was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on theft by unlawful taking over $500 in connection with the theft. According to a Bardstown Police report, in March, a man reported the theft of antique machinery from his property on Bloomfield Road. The theft involved the use of a Bobcat to load the items onto a trailer pulled by a white pickup truck. The items were then taken to a local scrap yard to sell. Then the suspect returned in the white pickup to claim the Bobcat, according to the report.

On April 5, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin saw what he believed to be the white pickup truck and trailer involved in the theft along Broadway Avenue. He stopped the man driving the truck and, according to the police report, Duke, who was driving the truck, was believed to be the same suspect involved in the theft. The Bobcat was not found at that time, according to the report.

On April 19, Bardstown Police were called to property on Templin Avenue and KY 245 to report the theft of 18-inch water pipes. The property owner had also found a Bobcat Steer Loader on his property, according to the police report. An investigation found the Bobcat, valued at $23,000, was reported stolen from Charlestown, Ind., July 26, 2010.

Duke was charged with theft of the antique machinery in March. But, according to the report, he is also suspected in the theft of the pipes and the Bobcat. Those charges are pending, according to police. The investigation into the theft continues.